Seville Cathedral: Sacristía Mayor – Bust-reliquary of Santa Rosalía

Bust-reliquary of Santa Rosalía in the Sacristía Mayor of the Seville Cathedral

Bust-reliquary of Santa Rosalía

Bust-reliquary of Santa Rosalía
The bust-reliquary of Santa Rosalía (St. Rosalia) shown in the image is on display at the Sacristía Mayor (Main Sacristy) of the Seville Cathedral. This impressive work of art in silver was made by Lorenzo Castelli, an Italian silversmith, in 1688.

Legend of St. Rosalia

Born in 1130 into a wealthy family in Palermo, Italy, St. Rosalia led a strange life. Early in her youth, she left home and lived like a hermit in a cave nearby. She is believed to have written these words on the walls of the cave;

I, Rosalia, daughter of Sinibald, Lord of Roses and Quisquina, have taken the resolution to live in this cave for the love of my Lord, Jesus Christ.

She spent her entire life there and died in 1166, unbeknownst to the rest of the world. Her body remained in the cave until a hunter discovered them in 1624. As the story goes, she appeared to that hunter and asked him to recover her remains from the cave and bring them to the city in a procession. At that time, Palermo was beset by a plague pandemic, which disappeared after her remains were carried in procession three times through the city. In gratitude, the people of Palermo declared her the patron saint of Palermo.

When Jaime de Palafox y Cardona, the bishop of Palermo, became the archbishop of Seville, he decided to promote St. Rosalia in Seville and donated the bust-reliquary St. Rosalia to the Seville Cathedral.

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