Codex Calixtinus, Folio 4

Codex Calixtinus, Folio 4

Codex Calixtinus recovered in Santiago de Compostela



The 'Codex Calixtino', one of the most important medieval manuscripts in the world, which had been stolen from the Archives of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, Spain) one year ago, has been recovered in a garage in Santiago.

July 5th, 2012. Source: theartwolf.com

The "Codex Calixtinus" was found in a private garage, hidden under some bin bags, but in good condition. The main suspect is an electrician -who had worked in the Cathedral some years ago- and his family. A large sum of cash was found in their home.

The work is considered one of the most important manuscripts of medieval Europe, and the greatest literary treasure of the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. Its 225 pages were created as a guide for pilgrims on the "Camino de Santiago" (the Way of St. James), in addition to collecting various stories related to St. James. The book had disappeared from the archives of the Cathedral on July 5th, 2011, but its disappearance was not announced until the following day.

An extremely valuable work

Although it is impossible to sell this work in the open market, its economic value is enormous. The only manuscript comparable in historical and artistic importance to the "Codex Calixtinus" that has come to auction in recent decades is the "Gospel Book of Henry the Lion," sold at auction in 1983 for £8,14 million.


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