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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.



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