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Mysterious religious icon found in Bethlehem


Posted on Thursday, 25 February, 2016 | Comment icon 35 comments

The church as it appears today. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Ian and Wendy Sewell
The unknown artifact was unearthed during restoration work at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
Originally constructed back in the fourth century over what was at the time believed to be the actual birthplace of Jesus himself, the church was destroyed during the Samaritan Revolt in AD 529 but was later rebuilt in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I.

Over the next few centuries the church would gradually fall in to a state of disrepair, but back in 2013 a major $8 million restoration project began in an effort to return it to its former glory.

Now following continued structural repairs on the building, workers have allegedly uncovered a mysterious icon underneath plaster near one of the church windows.

The object, which is reported to be of considerable religious and historical significance, is made of silver, brass, shells and stones however so far no photographs of it have been released online and authorities have been keen not to make it available for public viewing.

"The removal of centuries of dust has left mosaics sparkling in the sunlight filtering through brand new windows," said al-Bandak, the leader of the committee in charge of the restoration work.

"Structural repairs on the fragile rooftop and windows have been completed and artistic treasures have been returned to their delicate elegance."

Source: Discovery News | Comments (35)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #26 Posted by seeder on 26 February, 2016, 10:29
made with ???
Comment icon #27 Posted by HawkLord on 26 February, 2016, 12:43
baby jebus's baby rattle?
Comment icon #28 Posted by MJNYC on 26 February, 2016, 15:06
True enough, but of course, who knows. Maybe it was a false clue.
Comment icon #29 Posted by OverSword on 26 February, 2016, 19:11
Possibly it shows that some dogmatic belief used to be viewed quite differently.
Comment icon #30 Posted by barbco196 on 27 February, 2016, 0:27
After reading a little more, it is obvious what their motives are; $$. I can say with near certainty, they will sell the pictures to the highest bidder. First they have to raise the mystery factor to generate a buzz. They need another 11million for 'restorations'. What a clever ploy.
Comment icon #31 Posted by DieChecker on 27 February, 2016, 9:33
Ah.................. the silver, shells, brass and stones completely cover the bit of wood?????????
Comment icon #32 Posted by Calibeliever on 29 February, 2016, 13:57
" playin' with his little baby Einstein...learnin his shapes and colors ..."
Comment icon #33 Posted by Spikeychops on 21 March, 2016, 12:32
Maybe it's a plaque that says'''nah..this Christianity stuff was all a big joke..Fooled ya!'
Comment icon #34 Posted by Dark_Grey on 21 March, 2016, 15:55
I hope it's something like this: Adam and Eve next to the "Tree of Life", gaining knowledge of good and evil, covering their nakedness with caps from the Amanita Muscaria psychedelic mushroom. Boy, would that throw a wrench in the Pope's plans.


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