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Cruz de Ferro Question

SYates

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Does anybody here know or could you find out (perhaps in a book you have?) what the measurements of the Cruz de Ferro are?

I mean the actual cross, which is now in the museum in Astorga. I have already contacted them but they were so not helpful!

Many Muchas Gracias in advance, SY
 
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How much precision do you want? Here’s a photo with part of the door next to it. It gives you an idea of the size and even lets you estimate height and width of the cross.

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Wait. What? Have they removed the Cruz de Ferro from the Camino???
 
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Wait. What? Have they removed the Cruz de Ferro from the Camino???
The bit of the Cruz de Ferro that is made of iron: The original (from 1650 or so) is in a showcase in the museum in Astorga. A replica is on the wooden pole on the mountain.

It has been like this for umpteen years. Since 1976 actually.

Nobody knows what it looked like in the Middle Ages.
 
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I mean the actual cross, which is now in the museum in Astorga.
What? When did this occur? It was present when I passed it on 12 Nov. Is there more than one cross? Is the museum cross an older, historical cross? I look forward to learning more about this? Some amazing sleuths participate on the forum.
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The bit of the Cruz de Ferro that is made of iron: The original (from 1650 or so) is in a showcase in the museum in Astorga. A replica is on the wooden pole on the mountain.

It has been like this for umpteen years. Since 1976 actually.
Oops, I type too slowly. Thank you Kathar1na for clearing that up!
Bob91
 

SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
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First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
How much precision do you want? Here’s a photo with part of the door next to it. It gives you an idea of the size and even lets you estimate height and width of the cross.

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Do you remember how big the little description plaque was? The one at the foot of the cross? Something like 4 or 5 cm square?
BC SY
 
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Do you remember how big the little description plaque was? The one at the foot of the cross?Something like 4 or 5 cm square?
Difficult to say. The photo is taken from a recent online article.

I took a photo myself where my silhouette happens to be reflected in the glass and also a bit of the walls, windows and paintings in the room. I also had a look at photos of the pole with the cross. The pole is said to be around 5 m long.

My guesstimate is that the cross is about 60 cm high. Maybe 80 cm. Or thereabouts.
 
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