The Eternal City, unsurprisingly, is awash with holy relics, ranging from the head of St John the Baptist to Veronica's Veil. The church of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, for instance, claims to have one of the feet of St Mary Magdalene.
An inscription explains the particular significance of this relic (see below). According to St John's Gospel, Mary Magdalene was the first person to discover that Christ had risen from the tomb: 'The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre'.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
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