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The sarcophagus of the Apostle Paul found in Rome

December 6 2006

The sarcophagus of one of the most revered Christian saints of the Apostle Paul found in Rome. The Shrine of St. was discovered during the excavation, where it should be - in an underground crypt beneath the altar of the Roman church of Saint Paul outside the walls, built, according to legend, the tomb of the apostle. Resting place of St. Paul during many centuries, or subjected to any excavation.

No reports on whether the sarcophagus found together with the relics of St. Paul. In next Monday at a press conference at the Vatican, with the participation of the rector of the basilica of Saint Paul outside the walls of Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, as well as leaders of the excavations will be presented to more discoveries.

The sarcophagus was found under the main altar of the temple, in the place where the base of the altar the inscription: "Paul, the Apostle, Martyr. In the lid of the sarcophagus shows a hole about 10 centimeters in diameter. Archaeologists believe that through this hole into the tomb of the Apostle Paul dropped pieces of cloth, which was later also revered as relics.

St. Paul, according to legend, was executed in Rome in 1967 on Christmas after two years of detention. The relics of Saints Peter and Paul during the persecution of Christians together were stored in underground catacombs near the Appian Way. After the proclamation of Christianity the main religion of the Roman Empire, the relics of Saints Peter and Paul were transferred to two of the basilica, built in their honor by the Emperor Constantine. The relics of Saint Peter were discovered in 1939 in the underground part of the cathedral in his name at the Vatican and is now exhibited for the worship of pilgrims. Reportedly NEWS

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