Friday, August 26, 2011

Sixth-century cross reliquary found at Bulgaria's Perperikon

A hermetically-sealed cross that also served as a reliquary, said to date from the fifth to the sixth century CE, has been found at Bulgaria’s ancient holy site of Perperikon. The cross was reported by Bulgarian National Television to be in good condition. The find was decorated on the outside with early Christian symbols.

It was shown to journalists at a presentation at the Kurdjali Museum by representatives of the archaeological team examining the ancient city.

The contents of the cross-reliquary would be established only after examination by specialists at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences headquarters in the capital city Sofia.
Similar reliquaries were used to keep items purported to be fragments of the relics of saints, the blood of Jesus, pieces of the cross on which Jesus was crucified, and more rarely, hair or tears from Mary, the mother of Jesus, according to the Bulgarian National Television report.

More at Sofia Echo

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