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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. Benedictus, St. Michael Church, Munich

The skeleton of St. Benedictus was received by the church of St. Michael in Munich, even though it was not a Benedictine foundation but a court for Clemens August I of Bavaria.


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.


A skull known as Deodatus, Roggenburg Church, Germany

In addition to its four complete skeletons, the church in Roggenburg, Germany, owns a pair of skull relics. This one was given the generic name of Deodatus ("God's gift") as its identity was unknown.


St. Valerius, Weyarn, Germany

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.


St. Valentinus, Waldsassen Basilica in Germany

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.


St.  Luciana, Heiligkreuztal, Germany

The remains of St. Luciana arrived at the convent in Heiligkreuztal, Germany, in the mid-18th century and were decorated by the nuns in Ennetach.


St. Getreu, Ursberg, Germany

The skull of St. Getreu in Ursberg, Germany, is covered in silk mesh and fine wirework set with gemstones, which may have been done in Mindelheim, Germany.

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