Tuesday, June 28, 2011

X is for xxx



The XXX symbol is three St. Andrew’s Crosses in white on a black stripe on a red background.
St. Andrew was a fisherman who lived in the 1st Century AD and was said to have been crucified on an X-shaped cross. The Amsterdam XXX symbol dates back to the year 1505 when the city was a fisherman’s town, so the coat of arms was established as the symbol for the city itself and it also flew as a flag on all ships registered in Amsterdam.




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signs, signs

 above photo taken from this sign for the                          Amsterdam Bridge on the waterfront in Toronto



you may need to click on sign to embiggen if you want to read it

20 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

yes, I see a good one that I'm not familiar with

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Wanda said...

Well that is an excellent and unique way to share the letter "X".

Hildred and Charles said...

AS good choice for X and the commemoration of St. Andrew.

lgsquirrel said...

This and the last post were feasts for the eyes and the mind. Thanks. Also, nice photo blog. My first comments here.

greensborodailyphoto.com said...

I LOVE learning when making the blog rounds. XXX is for Amsterdam. Wow!

RedPat said...

Nice one! And lots of info.

Tumblewords: said...

Very interesting! Excellent post...

EG Wow said...

That's cool information! And perfect for the letter X.

ewok1993 said...

very informative sign. thanks for the explanation.

Postcardy said...

I was interesting to learn the meaning of the XXX.

Joy said...

A unique X. Nice B&W photo of the bridge, looks very peaceful. The naming is a great way to celebrate the connection with Amsterdam.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I remember about St Andrew (Catholic school childhood), but didn't know about Amsterdam.

chubskulit said...

eXcellent choice!

Please come and find out what the Letter X is at my page. Have a lovely day.

Genie said...

My grandchildren go to St. Andrews School in Delaware, but I never knew the story of St. Andrew. I am so happy to learn the history. Thanks so much for sharing the info. Genie

Pat said...

Thanks for my history lesson today! Interesting!

Kim, USA said...

I didn't know this. Thanks for the great information!

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Luna Miranda said...

interesting! i didn't know an X is also called St. Andrew's cross.

Nora said...

That's more than I knew about the city of Amsterdam. Thank you for the information.

Clytie said...

I got a kick out of the enlarged sign - where it says "His Worship ... The Mayor". What an interesting way to address the mayor!

Birgitta - foto CHIP said...

That's a clever X :)

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