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The apse of the church of Sant Climent of Taüll, a Romanesque masterpiece

A replica of the most famous work by the anonymous “Master of Taüll” is still there in the church, deep in the Pyrenees.

New technology shows Norway’s stave churches are older than believed

With a new timeline of church construction, experts question what we know of the rise of Christianity in Norway.

One of the most perfect statues of the Italian Renaissance shows the martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew

The drape the saint carries around his shoulders is a direct reference to the martyrdom he suffered.

The many meanings of bears in Christian art

Bears, depending on context, might imply one thing or its exact opposite in Christian iconography.

9 Celebrities who have made the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage

The Camino remains one of the most popular pilgrimages, drawing hundreds of thousands each year.

The meaning of rocks in Christian art

In Christian art, rocks rock.

The curious place of apes in Christian art

Apes often appear in the margins of illuminated manuscripts, mostly parodying human actions.

Loose, flowing hair is a symbol of penitence in Christian art

“She began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head.”

Why did Elisha refuse Naaman’s gift?

“There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.”

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