ACI Prensa Staff, Oct 23, 2023 / 18:00 pm
A stone cross carved in the 16th century and placed on a pedestal in a public square next to the cathedral in Seville, Spain, was destroyed over the weekend, an act of vandalism the police are investigating.
Known as the Cross of St. Lazarus, it was discovered Sunday morning that it had been broken into more than 20 pieces, which the Seville City Council already has gathered up, intending to proceed with its reconstruction.
The monument placed in St. Martha Plaza was designed by architect Hernán Ruiz and sculpted by artist Diego Alcaraz in 1564. One side of the cross depicts Christ crucified and the other shows an image of the fifth sorrow of Mary, her standing at the foot of the cross.
The mayor of the Spanish city, José Luis Sanz, stated Oct. 22 on X that he categorically condemns “the vandalization of the cross in St. Martha’s Plaza.”