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Roberto Casanova

The summit of Mt. Lagazuoi

The meaning of the summit cross


Stefano Zardini

J. Ruskin once said “...mountains are the great cathedrals of the earth, with their gates of rock, pavements of clouds, choirs of steam and stone, and altars of snow, sometimes with purple sparkling stars“. 

This tradition dates back to Ancient Greece and probably even earlier. 
In Ancient Greece and in many ancient religions the places of worship were built at a high elevation because people thought that the higher they could go, the closer they would be to God or to their deities ... 

This custom was taken over by Christianity. According to this ancient belief many monasteries and crosses have been erected in elevated places.
 

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