The Largest Crosses and Crucifixes in the World

tall_cross-706735Americans like building big things and obtaining world records. Somehow this tendency has come into the mind of many cross-builders across the world and especially the US. I think it’s fascinating, so I’ve compiled a list of the tallest crosses and crucifixes in the world. Surprisingly, the absolute tallest cross in the world is in Spain! Out of all the ones on the list, I have only seen the Cross in the Woods in Indian River, MI and The Great Cross in St. Augustine, FL. Apparently, the city of Nazareth (yeah, the one in Israel where Jesus grew up) is planning a 60 meter cross (196 ft). If I missed any that should be on the list, please comment on this post and I’ll add them.

Tallest Crosses in the World
1.) 500 ft. Basilica of the Holy Cross of the Valley of the Fallen, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain (granite)
2.) 208 ft. The Great Cross, St. Augustine, FL (steel)
3.) 198 ft. Effingham, IL (steel)
4.) 190 ft. Groom, TX (steel)
5.) 111 ft. Bald Knob Cross, Alto Pass, IL (concrete)
6.) 98 ft. Cleveland Community Church, OH (steel)
7.) 90 ft. Fort Jefferson Memorial Cross, Wickliffe, KY (steel?)

Tallest Crucifixes in the World
1.) 60 ft. Bardstown, KY (steel) — Very ugly!
2.) 55 ft. Cross in the Woods, Indian River, MI (wood cross, bronze corpus)

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4 thoughts on “The Largest Crosses and Crucifixes in the World

  1. mike

    the cross on mount Samat, Bataan, Philippines is 302 feet. i think you need to fix your list to make it truthful. there are now three comments about this that are crosses that would take spots 2, 3, and

    here is what the list should look like as long as other big crosses that you have ignored are not found

    1.) 500 ft. Basilica of the Holy Cross of the Valley of the Fallen, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain (granite)
    2.) 302 ft Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor) Memorial Cross, mount Samat, Bataan, Philippines (steel and reinforced concrete)
    3.) 223 ft. (68m) Millennium Cross in Skopje Macedonia
    4.) 208 ft. The Great Cross, St. Augustine, FL (steel)
    5.) 198 ft. Effingham, IL (steel)
    6.) 190 ft. Groom, TX (steel)
    7.) 103 ft mount Royal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    8.) 111 ft. Bald Knob Cross, Alto Pass, IL (concrete)
    9.) 98 ft. Cleveland Community Church, OH (steel)
    10.) 90 ft. Fort Jefferson Memorial Cross, Wickliffe, KY (steel?)

  2. Antoine

    The city of Kobayat in the North of Lebanon holds a 131 ft cross (40 m), which puts it on the 7th place according to the modified list.

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