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Beneventum, Arch of Trajan (III) (4749426050).jpg
Text which is written on an object. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Annotation
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasmay be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: in use

The key inscription=* is used for the text of inscriptions on buildings, memorials, advertising signs and other objects.


Currently there is a limit of 255 characters for values. However, if this is a commemorative/historical plaque, you can add the full inscription to and then link the entry with the OSM object, using openplaques:id=<ID number>.

Also, presently there is no agreed upon method to represent line breaks. Discussions on the topic are welcome.

Similar tags

  • inscription:url=* - URL where the inscription can be found on an external website, e.g. Wikisource (useful when the inscription is longer than the above limit)

Related tags

  • description=* - Additional information about an element. Inscription always represents text physically found on the feature in the real world, whereas description typically does not.
  • historic=epigraph, a proposal to map epigraphs (inscriptions) on their own.