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Maggie May

Churches during the Romanesque period changed to accommodate pilgrims, or those on spiritual journeys. They would often have separate, easily accessible, large areas for viewing relics in reliquaries that would be accessible to large numbers of pilgrims without disturbing the Mass.
I have seen churches set up like this in my travels, so it is neat to learn more about this shift. When I visited Lithunia (where my grandfather lived) we visited many churches with seperate areas containing reliquaries, sometimes even containing the bodies of saints. It was really fascinating.