Press Esc to close
Monday 06 July 2015
News updated at 2:21 AM IST
Weather
Max: 33°C
Min : 20°C
In Bengaluru
Partially cloudy

Archaeologists discover piece of Jesus' cross in Turkey

Washington, Aug 1, 2013, (PTI):
Reuters file photo for representational purpose only.

Turkish archaeologists excavating an old church site have unearthed a stone chest which they claim contains a relic that may be part of the cross on which Jesus was crucified.

The relic was discovered during excavations at the Balatlar Church in the northern province of Sinop near the Black Sea, Turkish news agency 'Anadolu' reported.

Professor Gulgun Koroglu, an art historian and archaeologist at Turkey's Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts found a stone with crosses carved in it.

"We have found a holy thing in a chest. It is a piece of a cross, and we think it was [part of the cross on which Jesus was crucified]," said Koroglu who headed the excavations.


"This stone chest is very important to us. It has a history and is the most important artifact we have unearthed so far," the 'Hurriyet Daily News' quoted her as saying.

The chest has been sent to a laboratory for further examination, NBC News reported.

Koroglu said her team has been working since 2009 at the church - which was built in the year 660, during the Byzantine era.

She said the ruins of an ancient Roman bath were also found at the site, along with more than 1,000 human skeletons.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
'Umbrella Workshop' where people paint umbrellas with colors in Navi Mumbai...

'Umbrella Workshop' where people paint umbrellas with colors in Navi Mumbai...

Visitors looking the BSF weapons on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the BSF...

Visitors looking the BSF weapons on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the BSF...

Mobile app ' Namma Bellad' launched in Bengaluru...

Mobile app ' Namma Bellad' launched in Bengaluru...

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti feeds cows during her visit to Gir Seva Goshala in Ahmedabad...

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti feeds cows during her visit to Gir Seva Goshala in Ahmedabad...

An highly decorated Vruksha hall during the 'BJP Maha Samparka Abhiyan 2015'...

An highly decorated Vruksha hall during the 'BJP Maha Samparka Abhiyan 2015'...

A fire broke out at Sony manufacturing plant in Navi Mumbai on Sunday...

A fire broke out at Sony manufacturing plant in Navi Mumbai on Sunday...

Pilgrims crosses the mountains as they move towards Amarnath Holy Cave Shrine...

Pilgrims crosses the mountains as they move towards Amarnath Holy Cave Shrine...

A Kashmiri Muslim woman offers noon prayers in the ruins of an ancient Hindu temple...

A Kashmiri Muslim woman offers noon prayers in the ruins of an ancient Hindu temple...

A security man keeps vigil on the mountains near Amarnath Holy Cave Shrine 3880 meters high...

A security man keeps vigil on the mountains near Amarnath Holy Cave Shrine 3880 meters high...

An Indian boy practices Mallakhamb, a traditional Indian gymnastic sport...

An Indian boy practices Mallakhamb, a traditional Indian gymnastic sport...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523