Heavenly treasures: British museum to exhibit Crown of Thorns in relic exhibition





Many of the sacred objects in the Treasures of Heaven exhibition have been lent by the Vatican and will be on display in Britain for the first time. Among them is the Mandylion of Edessa, one of the earliest images of Christ, which is housed in the Pope's private chapel. At its centre is a cloth said to bear the imprint of Jesus's face....

The exhibition, which runs from June 23 - October 9, also traces the history of religious pilgrimage in Britain. A 15th century lead badge depicting St George slaying the dragon is an early example of merchandising, sold to pilgrims as souvenirs of their journey....

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