The Dubrovnik Cathedral treasury reveals the wealth and culture of Dubrovnik ...

which can, however, be merely speculated upon, because a large part of it remained under the Cathedral ruins in 1667. The most valuable and important objects include relics of the head and hands of the Dubrovnik patron St Blaise. The head reliquary - in the shape of the Byzantine royal crown adorned with medallions in enamel and with jewels - explains why the Dubrovnik goldsmith trade was so well-known worldwide. To posses goldsmiths ornaments and jewellery from the renowned Dubrovnik workshops was a matter of prestige. Jesus loincloth, kept in a small silver chest from the 16th century, has a special place in the Cathedral treasury. Legend has it that the loincloth has a miraculous power: the nuns at Prijeko, where it was once kept, used to cut a piece of the cloth for the child-bearing women believing it granted protection and successful childbirth. After a time, the cut piece would become complete again. People claimed that the loincloth could not burn. In addition to numerous church utensils of the highest artistic value, the most precious exhibit from religious viewpoint is considered to be a piece of wood from the cross of Jesus. Believed to be brought to Dubrovnik by Queen Margaret, it bore a special papal gift mark to a king who spread Christianity in Bosnia. In 1536 the piece of the cross of Jesus was artistically incorporated into a Late Gothic crucifix by the Dubrovnik goldsmith Jerolim Matov, who considered it a great honour.

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