Nestorian cross

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Yuan dynasty stone-carved Nestorian Cross, from Fangshan District, Beijing (then called Khanbaliq)

The Nestorian Cross is associated with the Assyrian Church of the East, it is composed of a cross similar to the St. John's Cross, with three dots lining the left cross bar, three dots lining the right, two dots lining the top bar, and one dot on the bottom bar. These nine dots represent the nine orders of ministry within the church. Between the two dots on the top bar is a crown with three prongs, representing the Trinity.[1]

In Assyrian Christian art found on tombs in ancient China, these crosses are sometimes simplified and depicted as resting on a lotus flower or on a stylized cloud.



  1. ^ "Educational Page". Mar Shimun Bar-Sabbai Parish. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. 

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