The Magi

The biblical Magi, also referred to as the (Three) Wise Men or (Three) Kings, were, in the Gospel of Matthew and Christian tradition, a group of distinguished foreigners who visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. (wiki)

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Bisotun Where there is an inscription mentioning the Magi, though of course not the Biblical ones
Cologne Cathedral Their remains are contained in a shrine
Istanbul The remains were previously kept at Haghia Sophia
Old City of Jerusalem Here they met King Herod
Padua’s fourteenth-century fresco cycles One of the frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel depicts the adoration of the Magi. (Nomination file, p. 52)
Ravenna Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo: one of the mosaic rows shows "a procession of the 22 Virgins of the Byzantine period, led by the Three Magi, moving from the city of Classe towards the group of the Madonna and Child surrounded by four angels. (The Magi in this mosaic are named Balthasar, Melchior and Gaspar; this is thought to be the earliest example of these three names being assigned to the Magi in Christian art.)"


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