Sunday, August 30, 2015

Crucifix of Louis XVI

From Rome Reports:
The Vatican Museums has re-opened one of its most famous rooms, the so called "Sala degli Indirizzi,” which roughly translates to the room of messages. After undergoing a two year restoration, it's now open for the world to see.

Vatican Museums
"Years ago, they used to store messages in that room, hence the name. Gifts and cards that dignitaries and heads of state would give to the Pope were kept there. So, everything from medals to diplomas and whatnot. The room represents the international reach of the Vatican's diplomatic relations.” 

The room has collections from the Vatican Library's Museum. Inside one can find chalices, patens and other liturgical items that go back centuries. 

One of the most unique objects is this crucifix. French King Louis XVI was actually clutching it, as he was sent to his death. 

Vatican Museums
"It is a devotional crucifix. A small cross that was painted and showed the personal piety of Louis XVI.  He held it in his hands when he was incarceration during the French Revolution. He also held it on his way  from his cell to the gallows where he was killed.”

It was the last object he laid eyes on. He prayed with it, just moments before his execution. (Read more.)

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