Religious Relics

Connected Sites

  • Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch A relic of St. Lazarus was stored in the church until a fire in 1090 which destroyed it
  • Anuradhapura Ruwanwelisaya - Lord Buddha relic
  • Arles Some parts of St. Anthony, in the Church of St. Trophime Link
  • Assisi At Santa Chiara: "Against the back wall of the crypt are some holy relics, including tunics worn by Francis and Clare, a shirt she embroidered, and some locks of hair Francis sheared from her head."
  • Brugge Holy Blood at Heilige Bloed Basiliek
  • Chartres Cathedral Since 876 the cathedral's site has housed a tunic that was said to have belonged to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Sancta Camisa. The relic had supposedly been given to the Cathedral by Charlemagne who received it as a gift during a crusade in Jerusalem.
  • Churches and Convents of Goa St Francis Xavier
  • Costiera Amalfitana Saint Andrew's relics
  • Echmiatsin and Zvartnots Echmiatsin: The Holy Lance that pierced our Lord?s side by the Roman soldier during His crucifixion is among them. According to the tradition it was brought to Armenia by Apostle Thaddeus when he came to evangelize. The Lance is kept in the Cathedral Museum. The greatest relic of Armenian Church is the Right Hand of St. Grigor Lusavorich (St. Gregory the Illuminator). The relic is housed in a gold artwork depicting the sufferings of the saint. The third major relic is the piece of Noah?s Ark (kept in the Cathedral Museum). According to the tradition, it was given to St. Hakob (Jacob), Patriarch
  • Incense Route of the Negev Some human remains were found in one of Mamshit's churches. It is assumed they were connected to a Christian ritual.
  • Istanbul (Topkapi) The Sacred Trusts (inc a Hair from the beard of Mohammed)
  • Kandy Tooth of the Buddha
  • Mantua and Sabbioneta Basilica di Sant'Andrea: relic, called Preziosissimo Sangue di Cristo ("Most Precious Blood of Christ"), is preserved in the Sacred Vessels, according to the tradition was brought to Mantua by the Roman centurion Longinus. It was highly venerated during the Renaissance. The shrines are displayed only on the Good Friday, to the faithful and then brought out along the streets of Mantua in a procession. (wiki)
  • Monastery of Geghard The monastery was famous because of the relics that it housed, the most celebrated the spear that wounded Christ on the Cross. Relics of the Apostles Andrew and John were donated in the 12th century (AB ev)
  • Naples Blood of St.Januarius
  • Nikko Okusha Hoto enshrines the remains of Tokugawa Ieyasu
  • Polonnaruva When it was capital, it housed the tooth of Buddha (which now is in Kandy) Link
  • Provins The Empress Galla Placidia is said to have presented Ancona with the relics of Judas Cyriacus. However, the saint's head was situated at Provins, which was brought over from Jerusalem by Henry I of Champagne, who built a church in this town to display it.
  • Reichenau Head of St. George, the relics of St Mark the Evangelist, and many others
  • Reims In the Abbey: the remains of St. Remi (died 553), the Bishop of Reims who converted Clovis, King of the Franks, to Christianity
  • Rome Basilica of st John Lateran - Table from thre Last supper
  • Santiago de Compostela bodies of Saints James, Theodorus and Athanasius
  • Silk Roads The relics of Xuanzang are preserved at Xingjiao Temple
  • Trier The Seamless Robe of Jesus, kept in the dom of Trier
  • Vatican City St Peters eg Part of the "True Cross"
  • Venice and its Lagoon Relics of St Mark in the Basilica
  • Vézelay relics of St Mary Magdalene


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