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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
A XIX Century rural cross in Alsace

In Alsace, DRAC, the regional administration in charge of cultural heritage, has counted some 5000 rural crosses. Sometimes positioned at the margins of a crops field, rural crosses are often made at the request of the owner of a parcel, to put himself and his household under divine protection. Sometimes on a crossroad, on a bridge, they are meant to respond to the fear of the unknown, to protect from bad encounters. Travelers approached the sacred crosses, recited a prayer and continued on their way, hoping to get to the final destination, as soon as possible.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2017
Date Uploaded: 08.2019
Photo Location: Strasbourg, France
Camera: X-T1
Copyright: © Andrea Ricci