Stolen, sold, and destroyed
Sacred art is alive: it is a major component of the identities of living people and communities. Theft of sacred art is theft from everyone. Destruction of sacred items is profoundly destabilizing. The theft, trafficking, and destruction of sacred art is a special subset of the larger study of the movement of illicit art and antiquities. It has its own unique causes and, perhaps, its own unique solutions.
The purpose of this site is to try to understand this phenomenon better by collecting information. Find here articles and papers about the theft and destruction of the art and architecture of the world’s religious traditions and documentation of efforts to protect these sites and items.
Centuries of historical heritage in Spain under threat from treasurehunters
Silvia Pisani (2019). El patrimonio histórico de varios siglos en España, bajo la amenaza de los cazatesoros. La Nación. 22 September.
United News of India (2018). Antique idols stolen from temple. United News of India. 3 November.
How to stop the looting of the churches and hermitages of Soria
Soria Noticias (2018). ¿Cómo parar los expolios en las iglesias y ermitas sorianas?. Soria Noticias. 2 November.
Callao: Delenquent crosses self in front of Señor de los Milagros and steals church chalice
La República (2018). Callao: delincuente se persigna ante Señor de los Milagros y roba cáliz de parroquia. La República. 2 November.
The Hindu (2018). 1 held for theft of temple idols. The Hindu. 1 November.