"Christian Religious Cross Christianity 19th Louis Philippe"Lovely religious cross gilded wood, Louis Philippe. Period 19th. Traditional object and symbol of Christianity. Dimensions: 29 cm x 16 cm Wikipedia: The Christian Cross is the main symbol of Christianity. Considered today as the image of the gibbet of the crucifixion of Christ, its symbolism is older, and probably began with the use of the sign of the cross. It is from the fourth century that the cross becomes a Christian emblem and symbol, adopted - according to tradition - by Emperor Constantine the Great in the form of chrism (☧). It is at this time and after the invention of the relic of the True Cross by the mother of the emperor that his worship begins. In the fourth and fifth centuries, this symbol begins to adorn religious buildings. From the sixth century, the cross is regularly associated with representations of Christ. In the Catholic Church the Latin cross is also used as the base of the crucifix. Mass can only be held if a crucifix is present on or beside the altar. The cross is worn during pilgrimages, gatherings and religious ceremonies.