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The term reliquary refers to a shrine in which the relics of one or more saints are kept. The specimens that have been preserved are usually lavishly decorated with gold and precious stones and are shown in churches.

Reliquary containers are known in many religions: Catholicism , Buddhism (e.g. bimaran reliquary , Kanischka reliquary )


Well-known reliquary shrines in Germany are



  • Alexandra Carmen Becker: The medieval reliquary in architectural form: context - development - iconography. VDM, Saarbrücken 2008, ISBN 3-8364-5625-7 .

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