A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:
In this episode of Atlas Obscura, host Dylan Thuras tells a personal tale of a trip to Bologna, Italy, in which he and his wife beheld a very bizzare relic—the mummified corpse of Saint Catherine of Bologna. Religious relics are typically part of a deceased holy person’s bodily remains, or some of their personal belongings. In the case of Saint Catherine, her entire body has been preserved as a holy relic for over 500 years, poised atop a golden throne. I’m fascinated by the phenomena of relics. What compels us to immortalize people and things? What draws us to the spectacle? What is the line between the sacred and the grotesque?
Produced by Dylan Thuras