Codex Calixtinus book missing from Spain cathedral Santiago de Compostela

By on Jul 8, 2011 in Europe, Lifestyle Comments

Codex Calixtinus, a noted priceless 12th-century illustrated manuscript, was reportedly missing from a cathedral in Spain and was believed to have been stolen.

A page from Codex Calixtinus
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As noted at, a Spanish online newspaper on Thursday, July 7, 2011, the Codex Calixtinus book was reported on Wednesday as missing from Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

However, the missing book, which was said to be the oldest edition of the Codex Calixtinus and was said to be dated from around 1150, is being thought to have been stolen last Sunday.

There were only five security cameras being used to guide the archive area and none of them is directly pointed to the safe case of Codex Calixtinus, the report added.

Jose Maria Diaz, the cathedral’s dean, along with other Spanish officials have confirmed the loss of the book and announced it to local media that day.

Apparently, no one was said to have immediately noticed that it went missing which is being kept at the cathedral’s archives.

The historical book is rarely being seen by public with the last time during Pope Benedict XVI‘s visit last November.

According to reports, Codex Calixtinus is known as Spain’s Way of Saint James and was said to have 225 pages of pilgrimage guide to Santiago.

Nevertheless, a thorough investigation is now going on with the missing book notably impossible to be sold in open market or in any legal auction.

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