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St Vincentus’ ribs are exposed beneath a web of golden leaves. The hand raised to cover the face is a gesture of modesty.

Катакомбные святые - Maks

Corpse Emperor - Ex Profundis, Images taken from Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs by Paul Koudounaris.

from Heavenly Bodies by Paul Koudounaris

Saint Coronatus joined a convent in Heiligkreuztal, Germany, in - Meet the Fantastically Bejeweled Skeletons of Catholicism’s Forgotten Martyrs

In 1578 in Rome were discovered catacombs: in them, skeletons of martyrs that were later on sent across Europe to be adorned with jewels and placed in their designated churches. But where are they know? Art Historian Paul Koudounaris found out for us and told us in a just released book Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints.

- Waldsassen, Germany, detail of St. The Basilika at Waldsassen holds the largest extent collection of presumed skeletons of martyr.

Skeletons Found in Roman Catacombs - Imgur

Skeletons Found in Roman Catacombs

Unbelievable Skeletons Unearthed From The Catacombs Of Rome. Heavenly Bodies Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs By Paul Koudounaris

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400 Year Old Jewel Encrusted Skeletons Unearthed Across Europe

Heavenly Bodies Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs By Paul Koudounaris 6

7US-K1-0968-000069 Kisslegg, Germany, St. Clemens, chest detail. Photo 2012. © akg-images / Paul Koudounaris

7US-K1-0968-000069 Kisslegg, Germany, St. Clemens, chest detail. Photo 2012. © akg-images / Paul Koudounaris

Konrad II (Mondsee, Austria) | 19 Bejeweled Skeletons That'll Blow Your Mind

19 Bejeweled Skeletons That'll Blow Your Mind

The jewel-encrusted skeletons of Roman martyrs: Paul Koudounaris' photographs of ancient underground tombs.

The jewel-encrusted skeletons of Roman martyrs: Paul Koudounaris' photographs of ancient underground tombs.

St Faustus, Irsee, Germany

The ghastly glory of Europe's jewel-encrusted relics

St Faustus, Irsee, Germany, from "Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs" by Paul Koudounaris

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