Friday, July 8, 2011


The Codex Calixtinus, basically the ¨rough guide¨ of the 12th century for pilgrims heading to Santiago de Compostela, has been stolen from the Cathedral vaults!

The current theory is that it was a professional commissioned robbery for a private client and the Codex is probably already outside the country.

According to El Pais, the priceless text was uninsured, the costs of doing so being considered too high, though the Cathedral itself has a general insurance policy. It remains unclear if the loss of the text will be covered.

...The Dean of the Cathedral and its Archives, José Maria Diaz, confirmed yesterday what police sources indicated: the lock on the safe was not forced. Sources add that the keys were in the lock when they noticed the theft. Diaz would not comment on any aspect of events on recommendation of the police. He only specified that there are "cameras from all angles of the cloister, so that everyone is photographed 'within the archive´.

Apparently, the volume was last seen on Thursday or Friday, in its place on a cushion and covered, within the safe. The complaint on the missing text was filed Wednesday. Police have already questioned all who have ready access to the area.

It´s like a Dan Brown novel without the Illuminati (as far as we know). I hope whoever had it stolen keeps it in one piece. Do you suppose there´s some wildly rich person out there leafing through it in their private vault? Cue Mr. Burns - ¨Excellent. . .¨


  1. What can you say, how can anyone stoop so low, even if it was insured it is irreplaceable. Quite possible it has joined the irreplaceable treasures stolen from Baghdad Museum and is now ensconced in some fat cats private vault.
    I wish them all the worst luck in the world.

  2. Exactly. But the same fate awaits the Parthenon which will go to some hedge fund manager´s private garden after they´ve been forced to sell the train system and the ports. I fully expect Spain to cede Mallorca to Germany before it´s over.