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Penance crosses

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Penance crosses


In their history, penitential crosses are an example of the use of medieval "rehabilitation", the form of which depended on the local criminal law. The murderer, in addition to the obligation to erect a cross for his sins, was also obliged to cover the costs of the funeral of the murdered person as well as pay for the entire trial. He was also often obliged to support the family of the deceased and to act for the benefit of the Church. Then he was to make a barefoot pilgrimage to the holy place. The raising of the cross was the last point of penance.

Historical background

The exact cause of the penitential crosses in this place is not fully known. There are three versions of the legend according to which: three butchers who argued over the ham, three brothers who argued over an egg, or three teenagers trying to solve a conflict over an undefined food with a spoon, knife and fork died here.


The intersection of Śląska and Kołłątaja streets, 66-620 Gubin, Poland

Year of creation/if applies changes


Investor/architect/creator etc.
Unknown, but most likely the murderer or his / her family
Object's condition
Moderately damaged by weather conditions and no conservation works
Technical information

Height: about 0,4-0,6 m

Width: 0,2 m

Material: granite

Practical Information

Available for sightseeing outside 24/7