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Czars Jewel-encrusted Gospels.jpg

Czar's Jewel-encrusted Gospels.jpg

Kremlin Armory, Moscow, Russia

This magnificent hand-hammered silver and gold covered book of the four gospels is covered with uncut precious stones. It was presented in 1571 by Czar Ivan IV (the Terrible) to the Church of the Annunciation. The pious czar's forces were at that moment sacking Novgorod, and the czar prayed for the 1,500 citizens of Novgorod who were killed. The four circular areas in the corners are reserved for the four evangelists of the New Testament.

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