The Smiling Christ, happy in death. Francis Xavier (1505-1552), along with his family, is known to have prayed before this crucifix. Housed in the “Tower of Christ”, a gothic chapel within the Castle of Xavier in Navarre, Spain, popular legend believes that the crucifix sweated blood when Francis Xavier died off the coast of China. The crucifix, carved in walnut wood, dates back to the thirteenth-century. The walls of the chapel are decorated with fifteenth-century murals that depict the “Dance of Death”.

Castillo de Javier, Navarre, Spain
Camino Ignaciano | Historia Domus
Rinald D’Souza, 2018

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