Crown of Recesvinto

Image courtesy of Spainculture

This crown is part of the treasure of Gurazzar, a collection of votive crowns and crosses dating back to the Visigoth period in Gurazzar, near Toledo, Spain. This particular piece is now exhibited at the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid and dates back to 663 A.D. It is made of gold,decorated with blue gemstones; and has letters spelling Recesvinto’s name hanging around the base of the crown. This is a testimony to the fact that he was the one who offered it to the church. The whole treasure shows the influence of Byzantine art on Spanish culture during the 7th century, and you can admire parts of it at the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid, the Royal Palace of Madrid, and the Cluny Museum in Paris.

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