A TAPESTRY from the 16th century stolen from Spain has been discovered in an art shop in Houston, Texas.

The tapestry, which depicts the Virgin Mary, baby Jesus and Saint Vincent of Zaragoza, was declared a national monument in 1924 by royal decree.

But in 1979 it was stolen from a cathedral in Aragon.

Happily, now U.S Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) have found the piece after the Guardia Civil discovered it had been sold in 2010 at an arts fair in Brussels for €285,000.

HSI agent Brian M. Moskowitz said: “Our special agents are at the forefront of the effort to identify and return these items to their lawful owners.”

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