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Arca Santa
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The Arca Santa is a Romanesque reliquary kept in the Cámara Santa of the Cathedral of Oviedo (see also Spanish Romanesque Architecture). It is made of assembled black oak wood overlaid with silver, belonging to the same chest typology as that of other shrines such as that of Saint Isidore in León. However, the Arca Santa is closer to being an altar than a reliquary, and that may actually have been its function. Its unusually large size (119 x 93 x 83 cm), its flat lid without relief, and the decorative arrangement o…

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Francisco de Asís García García, “Arca Santa”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 18 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_000197>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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