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Orthodox cross

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The Orthodox, Byzantine or Russian (Orthodox) Cross is a variation of the Christian cross, commonly found in Eastern Orthodox Churches.

The cross has three horizontal crossbeams—the top represents the plate inscribed with INRI, and the bottom, a footrest. In the Russian Orthodox tradition, the lower beam is slanted: the side to Christ's right is usually higher. In the Greek and some other Orthodox Churches, the footrest remains straight, as in earlier representations.

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Asymmetric, Open shape, Monochrome, Contains straight lines, Has crossing lines.

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