Atlas Obscura is organizing trips! Join us on an adventure »
Today Only: 50% off Atlas Obscura books and calendars at Barnes & Noble »
The Perfect Gift for Travelers: Our #1 New York Times® best selling book »

Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Relic of St. Silvan

A full figure 4th century incorruptible saint lies in a glass coffin in Croatia. 

At the altar of the Church of Saint Blaise lies the waxy body of a 4th century martyr.

His head is thrown back on the pillow to reveal a bloody gash on his neck, indicating the means of his martyrdom. Not much is known about St. Silvan or his history, but his impressive incorruptible body has earned him a special display.

His face does appear to be created out of wax nor the gash to be painted, and it is claimed that he has indeed never decayed in the more than 1500 years after his death.