Orthodox Cross

☦ Orthodox Cross Emoji

byzantine cross, orthodoxy

U+2626

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Technical information

Name Orthodox Cross
Unicode number
U+2626
HTML-code
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CSS-code
\2626
Block Miscellaneous Symbols
Unicode version: 1.1 (1993)
Emoji version: 1.0 (2015)
Emoji category: Symbols
Emoji subcategory: Religion

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Emoji meaning

Orthodox cross — the symbol of the Christian Orthodox Church. Its main and distinctive feature from the Catholic is the presence of additional crossbars: inclined bottom and horizontal top. According to the legend, the top board was a sign, which said: «Jesus Nazarene, King of the Jews» in three languages: Latin, Greek, and Aramaic. The lower, oblique line of the cross is a footrest. The fact that it's inclined symbolizes the fate of two robbers crucified to the right and left from Jesus. One repented and went to heaven, the other didn't and went to hell.

This Orthodox cross is also called the Russian or the cross of Saint Lazarus. It's form is believed to be the most accurate in history. However, it's not the only cross revered in Orthodox. There are also other versions: a six-pointed cross (without top rail) and a seven-pointed cross (upper dash raised all the way up). In some fonts, the lower diagonal line of the Orthodox cross is tilted in another direction.

Orthodox Cross was approved as part of Unicode 1.1 in 1993 and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.

Text is also available in the following languages: Русский; Español; Français;

Properties

Age 1.1
Block Miscellaneous Symbols
Bidi Paired Bracket Type None
Composition Exclusion No
Case Folding 2626
Simple Case Folding 2626

Encoding

Encoding hex dec (bytes) dec binary
UTF-8 E2 98 A6 226 152 166 14850214 11100010 10011000 10100110
UTF-16BE 26 26 38 38 9766 00100110 00100110
UTF-16LE 26 26 38 38 9766 00100110 00100110
UTF-32BE 00 00 26 26 0 0 38 38 9766 00000000 00000000 00100110 00100110
UTF-32LE 26 26 00 00 38 38 0 0 640024576 00100110 00100110 00000000 00000000
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