The Great Zittau Lenten Veil, decorated with 90 images from the Bible, is unique in Germany and of great significance for Europe.
Around the year 1000, account is given, for the first time, of the custom to cover altars, relics, paintings, even whole chancels with veils. These textiles were called Lenten veils. The great Zittau Lenten veil is the only one of its kind in Germany and, with 8,20 metres in height and 6,80 metres in width, the third largest traditional Lenten veil altogether. In the Museum „Kirche zum Heiligen Kreuz" (Church of the Holy Cross), it is displayed in the largest museum showcase of the world. The Great Zittau Lenten Veil is unique in Germany and of great significance for Europe.With 8.20 meters in height and 6.80 meter width, it is the third largest traditional Lenten veil ever.