Famous Religious Artifacts in Christianity
Each year, tens of thousands of faithful Christians travel to sacred sites to view religious artifacts, relics of Jesus Christ, and the holy remains of the saints. These items are highly revered by the Christian Church and are kept in temples and monasteries around the world. The most significant artifacts recognized by the Church are up to 2,000 years old. Below, we have compiled a list of the most famous Christian artifacts that you should know.
Famous religious artifacts in Christianity
1. The Shroud of Turin
The Shroud of Turin (pictured) is probably the most famous religious relic. According to the legend, after the Crucifixion, the body of Jesus Christ was wrapped in a linen cloth that still bears the imprints of His image. The potential shroud is now housed in Turin, Italy. However, researchers have not yet come to a consensus on its authenticity.
2. The Cincture of the Theotokos
The legend claims that this religious artifact belonged to the Virgin Mary who wove it from camel’s hair herself. On the day of her Ascension, the Virgin gave her belt to the Apostle Thomas as a blessing. On September 13, the Christian Church celebrates the feast in honor of this important artifact. Parts of the Cincture of the Theotokos are now kept in different churches around the world.
3. The Head of John the Baptist
The Head of John the Baptist is one of the most known religious artifacts associated with the saints. Saint John was among the closest predecessors of Jesus Christ, who foretold the coming of the Messiah. He was beheaded by order of King Herod sometime around AD 30. According to the legend, the discovery of his head occurred three times. All three events are commemorated by Christian churches that follow liturgical traditions.
4. The Holy Grail
Though this Christian relic is not mentioned in sacred texts, it remains one of the most famous artifacts around the world. The Holy Grail is the chalice that Jesus Christ used to serve wine at the Last Supper. This vessel is attributed to extraordinary power. It is important to say that its current location remains unknown.
5. The Spear of Destiny
The Spear of Destiny, also known as the Lance of Longinus, is the weapon that the Roman warrior Longinus plunged into Jesus Christ during the Crucifixion. This artifact is called the Spear of Destiny because it supposedly gives its owner great power, including the ability to hold the fate of the world in their hands. Interestingly, this religious relic was a favorite artifact of Adolf Hitler.
These were some of the most famous religious artifacts that are highly revered in Christianity. There are more of them, so stay with us to learn other amazing facts and stories from the religious world!