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Many were embalmed but some were naturally mummified by the dry conditions of the basilica.
At the start of the service, Francis bent over to kiss a statue of the baby Jesus in the basilica.
The basilica’s 18-spired exterior remains a work in progress.
And by the centenary of his death, in 2026, the Roman Catholic basilica and most visited monument in Spain is finally expected to be completed.
Some tourists seem baffled by the politics and are mainly drawn to the Nativity basilica, currently under renovation and partly covered by scaffolding.
Law, who spent the final years of his career leading an important basilica in Rome and continued to wield considerable influence inside the Vatican, had been sick and was recently hospitalized.
The cathedral was built between 1801 and 1811, and, controversially at the time, was designed along the lines of a Roman Catholic basilica.
But it's believed that in 1087, traders from the city of Bari in Italy broke into the crypt and stole his bones, bringing them to the basilica in their hometown where they are still revered.
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From their noun basileus, meaning “king,” the Greeks derived the adjective basilikos meaning “royal.” In ancient Thera there was a public building called “Basilike stoa,” or Royal portico, and it may have been the prototype of later Roman basilicas. The first of these was built in 184 ce, and by the time of Augustus, there were five basilicas in the vicinity of the forum. They were used for public assembly, transacting business, and judicial proceedings. When the first Christian churches were built, they were often modeled after the civil basilicas.
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