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Public-images-osm logo.svg man_made = cross
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Cross, especially one with little historical value Edit or translate this description.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Group: Man made
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
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Status: de facto
This tag fits well for tagging modern crosses that are clearly not historic
other example of wayside cross that is not historic, it may be tagged as man_made=cross

The tag man_made=cross is used to mapping crosses. Especially useful for mapping ones not qualifying for historic=wayside_cross. Particularly if it wasn't created within a historic context or does not have historic value.

For example, modern summit crosses, used to mark peaks. In order to be seen from afar, they are mostly big, heavy and simplistic.

This tag is used for crosses as standing structures and is not used for painted, carved or extremely tiny crosses.

How to Map

  • Draw a node node and add man_made=cross.
  • Summit crosses: if the cross is not exactly at the same position, or if its properties (e.g. name=*) differ, you need to create a separate node for the a natural=peak, in the case of a summit cross. Otherwise, or if you don't know the exact positions, you can set the man_made=cross tag on the same node as the peak for simplicity.
  • Some use summit:cross=yes on the natural=peak node instead of (or in addition to) man_made=cross.

Useful combinations


Suggested Rendering

Same or similar as historic=wayside_cross. In some maps, the symbol for wayside crosses includes a roof, while the symbol for other crosses doesn't. A peak with a cross is often shown as a peak sign (e.g. a triangle) surmounted by a cross. Renderer should be aware of micro mapping. A summit cross can be a separate node with other coordinates than the peak. An elaborate renderer may merge a peak with a cross within a radius inversely proportional to the zoom level.

Cross signature.svg Cross peak signature.svg Wayside cross signature.svg
man_made=cross peak with man_made=cross historic=wayside_cross

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