Spain police recover priceless 12th-century Codex

Spanish police recovered on Wednesday a priceless 12th-century religious manuscript known as the Codex Calixtinus, which was stolen from a cathedral last year.

File - In this photo taken in 2004 in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, one of the pages of the original 12th century religious Calixtinus Codex manuscript in seen in the cathedral. Spain's Interior Ministry says police have arrested four people on Wednesday July 4, 2012 in connection with the theft of the priceless collection of 12th-century religious manuscripts which police say they have now found in a garage. The missing, richly-decorated tome, considered the first guide for people making the ancient Christian pilgrimage known as the Camino de Santiago, the Spanish name for the Way of St. James was stolen a year ago. (AP Photo/Str, File)

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police recovered on Wednesday a priceless 12th-century religious manuscript known as the Codex Calixtinus, which was stolen from a cathedral last year. The find came a day after four suspects were arrested in connection with the theft, the Interior Ministry said.

The richly-decorated Codex was found in a garage close to the cathedral from where it was taken in the northwestern city of Santiago de Compostela. The tome is considered the first guide for people making the ancient Christian pilgrimage known as the Camino de Santiago, the Spanish name for the Way of St. James.

The find came after police arrested an electrician who previously worked at the cathedral, his wife and son, and another woman on Tuesday. The ministry said police found some €1.2 million ($1.5 million) as well as other valuable religious works at houses belonging to the detainees.
Associated Press
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