A monk tests the authenticity of the crucifix relic
It is thought that Lorch Monastery once held a relic of the True Cross. The holy wood was stored in a gilded cross, and the cross was embedded in a plaque of silver and gold. To test its authenticity, the monk Nikolaus Vener aus Gmünd is said to have cut off part of the relic and thrown it into the fire. The sliver was untouched by the flame. Since then, the 14th century, the silver of the Cross has been considered authentic, as reported by monk Wilhelm von Schächingen in 1484.