Unicorn Horns at St. Mary’s Church, Utrecht

Religious authorities displayed what they believed were unicorn horns on the high altar in St. Mary’s church (consecrated 1099 CE) in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Priests used them as candlesticks to represent the chastity of the church’s namesake, the Virgin Mary.

The horns date from 1000-1099 CE and come from the narwhal.

They are now housed at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

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