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Medieval altar from Crusades discovered in Holy Sepulchre

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J-P Mauro - published on 04/19/22

The historical artifact and work of art had been overlooked for centuries.

For centuries, a major archaeological find was waiting in the corner of Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre. An enormous stone slab marked with the centuries-old graffiti of pilgrims has been revealed to be the remains of the original medieval altar, used in the sanctuary until 1808. 

A report from the Times of Israel explains that the slab was overlooked for so long because it was placed on the floor upside down. For over 200 years the unassuming rock attracted graffiti from visiting faithful who wished to leave their mark on its smooth surface. The ornamented side was only discovered thanks to a round of renovations currently underway at the famed Jerusalem church

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