Honor any firefighter with this filigree cast iron cross featuring St. Florian's cross!
The St. Florian's cross is a widely used symbol of firefighting, especially in the United States. It is often confused with the Maltese cross, which is a sharp eight-pointed cross, whereas the St. Florian's has rounded arcs between the four points.
The use of St. Florian's symbol derives from the traditional belief that the saint himself was involved in firefighting. He is also the patron saint of Austria, firefighters, chimney sweeps, soap makers, and brewers. He is invoked against fires, floods, lightning, and the pains of purgatory. His veneration has been particularly intense since 1528, when a fire burned the neighborhood around a St. Florian's Church in Krakow without destroying the church.
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