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Sensational discovery in Alaverdi2009-12-08 14:51
In the course of reconstruction and archaeological works in Alaverdi monastery complex [6th century] a sensational discovery was made.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The archaeologists discovered that the remains of Joseph of Alaverdi, one of the 13 Assyrian Holy Fathers, do not rest inside the church building, as it was common, but inside a wall.
According to Nikoloz Vacheishvili, the general director of the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Protection up to today it was believed that Joseph of Alaverdi was buried to the right from the altar," though that grave appeared only symbolic burial place."
"As it turned out that in the 15th century the holy relics were specially hidden don't let them be desecrated in the times of enemies' invasions and unrest," he explained.
He added that in the course of the research the wall was opened, in result the royal rank grave was discovered. The burial place is located in stone sepulcher, made in its turn, from colourful stones, decorates with a bas-relief. The sepulcher implies the access from the side to let pilgrims touch the relics.