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St. Friedrich, Melk, Austria
The Abbey of the Austrian city of Melk, west of the capital Vienna, is home to the holy relic of Saint Friedrich, unearthed from Rome’s catacombs and donated to the abbey by Austrian Empress Maria Theresa. St. Friedrich’s skeleton, displayed in reclining position, is preserved inside a reliquary and adorned with gold and jewels. A laurel branch in his hands stands as a symbol of victory.
St. Albertus, St. George Church, Burgrain, Bavaria
The remains of St. Albertus were sent from Rome to the Church of St. George in Burgrain, Germany in 1723. The event was a source of great excitement for local parishioners, offering both a tangible connection to the early Christian martyrs and a glimpse of the heavenly treasures that awaited the faithful.
Records concerning the decoration of St. Valerius in Weyarn are incomplete, but similarities in technique with the relic of St. Albertus in Burgrain suggest that there may be a connection between the two.
Decorated by the skilled lay brother Adalbart Eder, St. Valentinus in Waldsassen wears a biretta and an elaborate, elegantly bejeweled version of a deacon’s dalmatic to emphasize his ecclesiastical status.