Tuesday, July 10, 2012

'Theft of the century' solved in Spain

Recovered 12th-century manuscript guided pilgrims on Way of St. James
A page from the Codex Calixtinus photographed in 2004. (Associated Press)
Ciaran Giles of the Associated Press reports that a priceless manuscript, the Codex Calixtinus, has been found in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. The news came a day after four suspects were arrested in connection with a theft.

The richly-decorated Codex was found in a garage close to the cathedral from which it had been taken in Santiago de Compostela in July 2011. The tome is considered to be the first guide for pilgrims following the ancient Christian trek known as the Camino de Santiago (or the Way of St. James).
The find came after police arrested an electrician who previously had worked at the cathedral and three others July 3. Police reportedly found 1.2 million euros, as well as a number of valuable religious works at houses belonging to the detainees.
The Codex was named after Pope Calixto II, who promoted the tradition of the Camino de Santiago in the early 12th century. A local daily newspaper, El Correo Gallego, called it "the theft of the century."
Read the full story here. 

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