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Cross on San Salvador Church, Merlán

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Carved on the lintel of the Church of San Salvador, Merlán, Galicia, Spain.

A four branched version of the Triquetra.

The carving is centrally placed between two trees (figs?), one flourishing and the other one in apparently poor condition. A circle (the sun?) carved above the flourishing tree. Rudolf Koch shows a similar shape, with overlaid circle as an exorcism symbol. This church is on 'el Camino Primitivo' pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela. Spanish guide book describes the trees as "Apocalyptic".

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Symmetric, Open shape, Monochrome, Contains curved lines, Has crossing lines.

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