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A historical cross along a way, symbol of christian faith. Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Group: historic
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
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Status: de factoPage for proposal

A wayside cross is a (mostly) historical (usually Christian) cross. Frequently found along the road in most Europe: Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Poland, Ukraine and other predominantly Catholic and Orthodox Christian countries.

Use man_made=cross for a cross with no historical context and possibly even without religious relationship.

How to map

Draw a node at the location of the wayside cross an add historic=wayside_cross.

Tags used in combination

Tag history

historic=wayside_shrine, historic=wayside_cross were put in the historic=* key because they are seen as generally related to history, but this choice was never meant to exclude more modern wayside crosses and wayside shrines. As a result, this tag has always included wayside crosses that are not historic when applying a strict reading of the term. Sometimes, the tag has also been applied to crosses that are not located along a way (these should be retagged).

The tag man_made=cross is available for all kinds of crosses and doesn't have a wayside-requirement.


See also