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.
The Yucatan Times (2018). Sacred art stolen from Yucatecan churches. The Yucatan Times. 5 October.
Press Association (2018). Thieves take entire roof from Grade I listed church. Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter. 5 October.
B. Kolappan (2018). Possession of antiquities, artefacts: the legal position. The Hindu. 5 October.
Theft in the church of Veldegrulla in a new attack against the heritage of the Diocese of Osma-Soria
Europa Press (2018). Roban en la iglesia de Valdegrulla en un nuevo ataque al patrimonio de la Diócesis de Osma-Soria. 20 Minutos. 5 October.