15th century
The consecration of a church

Illuminated manuscript on Vellum
Image size: 5 ½ x 5 inches (14 x 12.7 cm)
18th century ornate Tabernacle frame (See below for image framed)


It must have been an enormous and splendid choirbook to contain initials as large and as extensively gilded as this.

Historiated initial ‘T'(erribilis) est locus iste: hic dom[us Dei est], circa 1450
ink and gold leaf on vellum

For a historiated initial with the same iconography from an English manuscript dating to 1446, see: British Library, Arundel 109, f. 159v

The words Terribilis est locus iste: hic domus Dei est are the opening antiphon to a mass dedicated to the consecration of a church, as shown here with a bishop standing outside a cathedral with holy water.