When it’s time to bring out the relics of Saint Corona.

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While poking around in the art sphere, I found a Hyperallergic story on a cathedral in Aachen, Germany, that owns a reliquary and shrine of Saint Corona. This incredibly beautiful and intricate piece is mainly gold with bronze and ivory, and weighs more than 200 pounds.

I know about some of the saints’ terrible dealths by reading, but mainly by looking at paintings and stained glass windows, which centuries ago stood in as teaching tools. This saint is new to me, and probably to others.

The relics of Saint Corona were brought to Germany by King Otto III in 997 A.D., but the shrine was built much later. The cathedral in Aachen is cleaning up the shrine, hoping to put it on display in a show about gold craftsmanship once the pandemic is over.  Let’s put it this way, there is no date certain.

Though there has been information spread that Saint Corona protected people from plagues and epidemics, a theology professor has noted that Saint Edmund is the patron of infectious diseases.

Below are links to the story in Hyperallergic, The New York Times piece from Reuters, and a detailed story in Slate. The photographs in Hyperallergic are credited to Domkapitel  Aachen.




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