Monday, 1 August 2011

Amiens Cathedral4

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As relics go, the head of St John the Baptist has to be one of the most prestigious. Amiens received its relic in December 1206, just two years after the Sack of Constantinople. In the lower picture may be seen the reliquary which is enshrined within the north wall of the choir of the cathedral. At the time of looking at it I was under the impression that a small part of the skull was under the glass but that it was my misfortune not to be able to see it for reflections. Since my return, however, I have consulted Wikipaedia where it is said that the relic was destroyed during the French Revolution.

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