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“If you like relics/mummies, this will be the coolest thing you ever see”

Church of St. Blaise
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Ranked #7 of 19 things to do in Vodnjan
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Owner description: This church contains the largest collection of saintly relics outside of Rome.
Haworth, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
“If you like relics/mummies, this will be the coolest thing you ever see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2012

We find relics (i.e. pieces of saints) to be completely fascinating, but this place takes the cake. The church houses half a dozen bodies of saints from the 1300-1700s... that have mysteriously remained intact and have not decomposed. You can view them and listen to a short description of the saints while you observe. Enhancing the experience was the absolute character running the place, who loved speaking English with us (and mentioned that Chandler is his favorite on "Friends"). Things to know:

Opening hours: Appears that you can visit most days between 9 - 5pm, though the guy who runs the museum takes lunch sometime between 12-1. Know that they are quite strict about clothing, i.e. no bare shoulders and no hats!

What to see / fees: You can visit the mummies alone or also visit a small museum with more relics. Believe the mummies were about $6 each and the museum another $2-3. You will need to purchase a brochure if you want one-- suggest you skip it, as the content is verbatim what you will hear when you view the mummies.

What to expect: You will likely be asked to wait until the next tour in your language (10 min or so). You will be guided behind the altar to see the mummies and listen to a 10-15 min recording about the mummies. No pictures, unfortunately. We were the only people in our tour. The museum itself is not labeled in English-- only a small handout to read and the signs are in Italian/Croatian/German. Still interesting to look through though considering it is pretty cheap.

Visited June 2012
5 Thank misswhitneypaige
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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2012

A stunning church with an interesting history - even without the mummified saints it is worth a visit

Visited October 2011
1 Thank HelenMcW
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Zagreb, Croatia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“The Most Mystical mummies of Europe - Vodnjan's Corpi Santi”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2010

Apart from the relics of St. Blaise, Vodnjan's parish church also keeps 370 relics belonging to 250 different saints. In addition to one of the thorns from Jesus' crown, fragment of the Holy Virgin's veil, particle of Jesus' Cross and many others, a special attraction are the desiccated remains of saints whose bodies or body parts have been completely preserved: St. Sebastian, St. Barbara, St. Mary of Egypt, St. Leon Bembo, St. Giovanni Olini and St. Nicolosa Bursa. These remains in St. Blaise's Church have been there for centuries, without being embalmed or hermetically sealed which presents a true mystery for scientists. However, this is not the only mystery. According to legend the preserved bodies of saints are considered to have magical powers!

6 Thank Marjanche
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