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'Translatio.’ The art of (re)moving relics and reforming holiness in Europe’s borderlands.

Project description

The importance of holy relics revisited

Relics of saints and holy persons were important for Catholic communities. Tens of thousands of exchanges of holy bones and other sacred relics of saints have been documented between 1600 and 1800. The ceremonial relocation of the relics – known as the religious ritual of ‘translatio’ took place between Catholic communities along the Italian peninsula and Lutheran and Catholic groups in Catholicism’s northernmost Nordic-Baltic borderlands. In this context, the EU-funded TRANSLATIO project will consider how the art, architecture and material memory culture of ‘translatio’ has continued to shape European borderlands’ identities into the present. One of the aims will be to open new perspectives for how scientific studies might reframe complex much-needed interconnected histories of Europe.


Net EU contribution
€ 207 312,00
Frederiksholms Kanal 12
1220 Kobenhavn

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Danmark Hovedstaden Byen København
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00