Treasury of Saint-Catherine's Church

SS Harlindis and Relindis lived in idyllic Aldeneik, where their father Adelhard founded a convent for them in the 8th century. Valuable art treasures from this period, such as Anglo-Saxon textiles (the oldest surviving examples ot their kind) and Codex Eyckensis (the oldest illuminated manuscript in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg), were donated to this convent. In 1571 these precious objects were transferred to St Catherina's Church, where they are on show to visitors along with many other treasures: a silver altar cross by Maaseik-born Frederik Malders (17th century), several early medieval reliquaries...
The Flemish authorities added six objects from the treasure chamber of Saint Catharina church in the centre of Maaseik to the List of Masterpieces in July 2019. These include a 14-century Agnus Dei (wax medallion), a 16th-century ciborium (a container to hold the host) and a silver procession cross made by the Maaseik silversmith Frederik Malder (1593-1662).Objects on the List of Masterpieces enjoy extra protection due to their special cultural-historical and scientific significance.


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