# Strange Cross Symbol in LaTeX

I can't draw a particular cross symbol in LaTeX. I tried drawing it in Dextify, but that didn't recognize the symbol. I don't even know what it is called. Any help with the name or the code is appreciated. An image is below.

• That looks like a variation of the orthodox cross. – kahen Jun 2 '14 at 18:57
• aka "byzantine cross". It is a Christian religious icon, where the center bar signifies the cross on which Jesus hung. The top bar represents the "INRI" plaque set there by Pilate identifying Jesus as "King of the Jews", and the bottom bar represents the rest upon which his feet lay. It is tilted in the direction of the adjacent crucified thief who confessed Him Lord. – Steven B. Segletes Jun 2 '14 at 18:58
• i am reasonably sure that this symbol isn't in unicode (yet). if there is a compelling reason (for technical documents) that it should be included, and citations to published uses can be provided, i will be happy to submit it for consideration. – barbara beeton Jun 2 '14 at 19:33
• @barbarabeeton Unicode 2626, according to unicode.org/Public/UNIDATA/NamesList.txt – Steven B. Segletes Jun 2 '14 at 19:34
• – Steven B. Segletes Jun 2 '14 at 19:41

Based on the accepted answer at Is there a religious symbols font collection?, a XeLaTeX solution that grabs unicode character 2626 from a font that has the symbol.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\setmainfont{Segoe UI Symbol}
\begin{document}\Huge
\symbol{"2626}
\end{document}


egreg suggests FreeSerif font as a preferred alternative to Segoe UI Symbol, because of its distribution with TeX Live, and its general availability at http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/freefont/, in the form of freefont-otf-20100919.zip. With FreeSerif, the result looks like this:

Otherwise, like Herbert's answer, it can be constructed, in this case, with stacks, where I create the macro \byz (EDITED to add kerning). The rule thickness is controlled by \rlwd. If reset from 0.4pt to 0.7pt, the symbol becomes more bold:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{stackengine,graphicx}
\def\rlwd{.4pt}
\def\byz{\kern.5pt\def\stacktype{L}%
\stackon[0.65ex]{%
\stackon[1.4ex]{%
\stackon[1.1ex]{\rule{\rlwd}{1.8ex}}{\rule{1.4ex}{\rlwd}}%
}{\rule{0.8ex}{\rlwd}}%
}{\rotatebox{-20}{\rule{0.8ex}{\rlwd}}}%
\kern1pt}
\begin{document}
A\byz$\Omega$
\def\rlwd{.7pt}\par
A\byz$\Omega$
\end{document}


• Maybe FreeSerif is a better choice instead of Segoe UI Symbol, because the former is included in TeX Live (and I guess also in MiKTeX). – egreg Jun 2 '14 at 22:37
\documentclass[ngerman]{article}
\usepackage{pict2e}
\def\StrangeCross{%
\unitlength=1pt\thicklines
\begin{picture}(20,30)
\put(10,0){\line(0,1){30}}
\put(5,15){\line(5,-2){10}}
\put(0,20){\line(1,0){20}}
\put(5,25){\line(1,0){10}}
\end{picture}}
\begin{document}

\StrangeCross

\end{document}


• Do you know if there is an actual symbol in LaTeX so I don't have to draw it each time I write it? – Mathematician Jun 2 '14 at 19:15
• no, I never saw such a symbol. However, it is really simple to create it with MetaFont. Then you can use it like a normal font. – user2478 Jun 2 '14 at 19:16

Draw it with tikz:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tikz}
\def\StrangeCross{%
\begin{tikzpicture}[thick]
\draw (0,0.8) -- (0,-0.8);
\draw (-0.3,0.5) -- (0.3,0.5);
\draw (-0.6,0.2) -- (0.6,0.2);
\draw (-0.3,-0.2) -- (0.3,-0.4);
\end{tikzpicture}
}
\begin{document}

\StrangeCross

\end{document}