Archaeologists working at the site of an ancient church in Turkey believe they may have found a relic of the cross of Jesus.
The relic was discovered inside a stone chest, unearthed from the ruins of Balatlar Church, a seventh-century building in Sinop, Turkey, situated on the shores of the Black Sea.
“We have found a holy thing in a chest. It is a piece of a cross,” lead archaeologist Gülgün Köroğlu told the Hurriyet Daily News. She displayed a piece of the stone chest with a small cross carved into it to reporters at the site. [Religious Mysteries: 8 Alleged Relics of Jesus]
“This stone chest is very important to us. It has a history and is the most important artifact we have unearthed so far,” Köroğlu said. The chest has been taken to a laboratory for further study, NBC News reports.
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