Casket of Maria of Cervellò and altar
Original Country
Catalonia (Catalunya)
Sorting Title
Casket of Maria of Cervellò and altar

Coffin of Maria de Cervellò.

Historical Context

The second order of Nuestra Senora de la Mercè was founded in 1265 by Maria of Cervellò (1230-90), daughter of Lord Bernat Guillem of Cervello. Like the original male branch of the order (founded 1218), the second order was dedicated to ransoming captives. The female branch does not seem to have lasted long, and may not have even outlived its founder. Although the existence of the order is not in doubt, there is no evidence that any actual female communities were ever founded. Innocent XII canonized Maria de Cervello in 1689, and her reportedly incorrupt body lies in the casket pictured here.

Current Repository

Church of the Mare de Deu de la Mercè, Barcelona, Spain

Photo Credit
Marie Kelleher
Image of Casket of Maria of Cervellò and altar.