Treasure of Guarrazar

Treasure of Guarrazar


            The Treasure of Guarrazar is a goldsmith set composed of twenty-six votive crowns and gold crosses that had originally been offered to the Roman Catholic Church by the Kings of the Visigoths in the VII century in Hispania. The most valuable piece of all is the votive crown of king Reccesuinth with its blue sapphires from Sri Lanka.
The Prerromanesque period, which extends between the V-XI centuries, is considered divided into two periods. The first corresponds till the VIII century, limited by the Muslim invasion and the beginning of the reign of Charlemagne. This is the art of the barbarians established in the western provinces of the Empire. The second period is initiated in France with the Carolingian Renaissance, which links to the first Romanesque art in Catalonia, France and Italy, and the art of the Asturian kingdom in Castile.
  

            In conclusion, are pieces of great value and very beautiful, fit for a king.
They are distributed in the Musée Cluny in Paris, France, at the Royal Palace Armoury of Madrid, Spain, and the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid, Spain.

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