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Shrine of St. Frideswide (1289): Detail

One of the faces peeping out from behind foliage on the arches of the Shrine of St. Frideswide dating from 1289. The shrine contained the holy relics of Frideswide and was visited by countless medieval pilgrims. The shrine was destroyed in 1538 during the Reformation. Fragments were discovered in the college in the 1870s and more were uncovered in the cloister in 1985. The shrine was fully reconstructed as accurately as possible beginning in 2002, an effort that earned an Oxford Preservation Trust award in 2005. Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, England.

Photo © Holly Hayes.

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