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Culture news, 18.03.2004 18:22

Exhibition “The Freiburg Cross and Its World” to open in the Hermitage

Hermitage About 100 items are on display and the focus of attention is a relic which dates from 1280’s. It belonged to the St. Benedict Monastery located near the German city of Freiburg. Made of gold and silver this cross was meant to keep the elements of the vivifying cross brought from Palestine. The Freiburg Cross is a wonderful example of all traditions, materials and technique which were used in the Middle Ages.

The Hermitage collection of west-european pieces of art is considered to be one of the best museum’s collections of applied art. The Freiburg Cross is a part of the collection sold in 1884 the emperor Alexander Ø for the Hermitage’s collections.

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