On the road: St. Augustine's remains en route to Pavia.
The Relics Today
On Oct. 1, 1695, almost a thousand years after King Luitprand had the relics of St. Augustine concealed in Peter in the Sky of Gold, an ark supposedly containing them was discovered by workmen in the course of renovating the crypt. Behind some brickwork, the workmen found a marble ark some 3 ft., 3 in. long; 1 ft., 2 in. wide: and 1 ft. 4 in. high, reinforced at the corners with iron bands. On the cement that held it together appeared the name “Agostino” or “Augustino,” written in black Gothic letters. However, this writing was inadvertently destroyed by one of the workmen before he realized what he had found.
“Transferring the Relics of St. Augustine.” Christian History Magazine-Issue 15: St. Augustine of Hippo 1987 : n. pag. Print.