Dagmar Cross, The

The Dagmar Cross was discovered in Saint Bendts Church in Ringsted, 1683. It is a very valuable Byzantine cross. The cross was tied to Queen Dagmar, who is buried in the church.

The Dagmar Cross is a beautifully manufactured piece of goldsmith art and can be traced back to year 1000, common era. On one side it says “Jesus Christus” with Greek letters, on the other side is a depiction of the Virgin Mary, John the Baptist and Jesus. Two saints are depicted over and under Jesus.

Frederik VII’s wedding gift in 1863 to Princess Alexandra, the later Queen of England, was formed as a Dagmar Cross. The Dagmar Cross has since become one of the most popular confirmation and baptism gifts.

The Dagmar Cross is today kept in The National Museum. 

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