Here are 3 of the Strangest and Most Important Relics in History

Humans have collected stuff since time immemorial.

From the beginning of history, ancient humans became great collectors of different objects. Be it stones, sticks, curious meteorite fragments, different people gave great importance to objects they highly regarded.

Then came religion, and objects that were regarded as having a religious significance quickly became the target of collectors and worshipers.

In this article, we take a look at three of the most significant ‘ancient’ relics that marked ‘modern history’ and different cultures around the globe.

Bear in mind there are many other relics.

One of the most fascinating objects, especially to Catholics is the Shroud of Turin, a strange linen cloth bearing the negative image of a man who is alleged to be Jesus of Nazareth.

Full length negatives of the shroud. Credit: Public Domain
Full-length negatives of the shroud. Credit: Public Domain

For Catholics, this sacred relic is the most important among all.

It is a cloth that was apparently placed on the body of Christ after being crucified.

And according to the Christian faith, imprinted on it is the face of Jesus.

However, from the rational bastion that science provides under the data that the Carbon 14 tests show, this object dates back to the Middle Ages, facts that once again provoke arguments between faith and science. The Catholic Church has neither formally endorsed nor rejected the shroud, but in 1958 Pope Pius XII approved of the image in association with the devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus.

The Relics of Muhammad are various. The Beard of Muhammad, the Tooth of Muhammad, the Blessed Sandals, the Sacred Seal, the Holy Mantle as well as Muhammad’s Bowl are extremely important historic relics in the Muslim faith.

Box with a part of Muhammad's beard. Maulâna Rumi mausoleum, Konya, Turkey. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Box with a part of Muhammad’s beard. Maulâna Rumi mausoleum, Konya, Turkey. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The Beared of Muhammad is another strange yet very sacred relic. Known in the Ottoman language as the Sakal-ı Şerif, the beard was said to have been trimmed from Muhammad’s face by his favored barber Salman the Persian in the presence of Abu Bakr, Ali and several others.

It is said that the Beared of Muhammad was used to cover the mouth of the deceased and thus obtain a better eternal rest.

The Shrine of the Three Kings is a reliquary said to contain the bones of the Biblical Magi, aka, the Three Kings or the Three Wise Men. The Christian tradition has as a practice to honor parts of the body considered sacred relics.

The Shrine of the Three Kings in Cologne Cathedral. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
The Shrine of the Three Kings in Cologne Cathedral. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The shrine is a large gilded and decorated triple sarcophagus placed above and behind the high altar of Cologne Cathedral. It is considered the largest reliquary in the western world.

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