Sacred objects have their beginnings in the early Catholic church. Often religious relics or “Holy Items” were donated to the early churches as from nobles or knights who returned from the many Christian crusades. These were often attempts to create local or regional holy places for the faithful to travel to and to raise funds for the church. Often fakes, these were symbols or artifacts from the life of Christ or his crucifixion.
Modern sacred objects vary depending upon the type and branch of religion. In the Christian faith, it is the cross, the bible and sometimes the cups and plates for used for holy communion. Other religions have similar sacred objects or texts, including the Muslim Koran and the Jewish Torah.