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Jeweled Skeletons

The jeweled skeletons were originally found in catacombs beneath Rome in 1578, and distributed as replacements under the belief they were Christian martyrs to churches that had lost their saint relics as a consequence of the Protestant Reformation. The receiving churches then spent years covering the revered skeletal strangers with jewels and golden clothing. But by the early 19th century their saintly authenticity came into question,  and many were hidden away or disappeared.

St. Vincentus (Stams, Austria) St. Valerius (Weyarn, Germany) St. Valentinus (Waldsassen, Germany) St. Maximus (Bürglen, Switzerland) St. Luciana (Heiligkreuztal, Germany) St. Leontius (Muri, Switzerland) St. Konstantious (Rorschach, Switzerland) St. Felix (Gars am Inn, Germany) St. Canditus (Irsee, Germany) St. Benedictus (Berg am Laim, Munich, Germany) Head relic of St. Deodatus (Roggenburg, Germany) Hand of St. Valentin (Bad Schussenried, Germany)

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