Saint-Sang Basilica Cross Necklace
Item No. 605MSC1
Trésor Bleu Exclusive
Origin: Bruges, Belgium, Basilique du Saint-Sang (Basilica of the Holy Blood), c. 1948
Rare, well-preserved vintage condition pendant cross with with two-tone relief image of the relic of the Holy Blood. According to the old tradition, Derrick of Alsace, Count of Flanders, brought the relic of the Holy Blood with him after the second crusade, having received it in the Holy Land (1150). Because of his exceptional heroism during this crusade, Derrick received this relic, with the approval of the patriarch of Jerusalem, from the hands of his brother-in-law, Baldwin III of Anjou, King of Jerusalem. Arriving in Bruges on april 7th 1150, Count Derrick, accompanied by his wife Sybilla of Anjou and Leonius, abbot of Saint Bertin’s abbey of Saint Omar, brought the relic to the Basilius chapel on the Burg, a chapel which he himself had built.
.8 inch tall, .6 inches wide. Set on a light-catching chain, adjustable to lengths up to 22 inches long. Trésors blue are tiny pieces of history, art and devotion. Also known as "Médailles De Pelerinage" or "Medals of Pilgrimage," these little medals have had voyages from another generation, another life, another country. The deep "ultramarine" blue is the sacred color of Mary, representing truth, hope, and faith since 200 AD. People of faith still undertake pilgrimages as a way of deepening their religious devotion, seeking miracles, spiritual healing, forgiveness, or for the journey itself. The experience is not solely about reaching the end, it is about what is endured, enjoyed, and learned along the way.
All trésors bleu are pre-packaged for gifting.