A piece of Jesus cross? Relics unearthed in Turkey
2013-08-05 0:00

By Alan Boyle | NBCNews



Turkish archaeologists say they have found a stone chest in a 1,350-year-old church that appears to contain a relic venerated as a piece of Jesus cross.

The artifacts were unearthed during a dig at Balatlar Church in Turkeys Sinop Province, and displayed this week by excavation team leader Glgn Kroğlu. We have found a holy thing in a chest. It is a piece of a cross," the Hurriyet Daily News quoted her as saying.

Kroğlu, an art historian and archaeologist at Turkeys Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, said the team suspects that the chest served as a symbolic coffin for the relics of a holy person and that the fragments within it were associated with Jesus crucifixion.

She showed reporters at the site a stone with crosses carved into it. "This stone chest is very important to us. It has a history and is the most important artifact we have unearthed so far, she said. The chest has been taken to a laboratory for further examination.

Kroğlu said her team has been working since 2009 at the church which was built in the year 660, during the Byzantine era. She said the ruins of an ancient Roman bath were also found at the site, along with more than 1,000 human skeletons.

Fragments associated with Jesus cross were sent far and wide as relics in ancient and medieval times. According to legend, St. Helena the mother of Emperor Constantine found the cross in Jerusalem and distributed pieces of the wood to church leaders in Jerusalem, Rome and Constantinople (present-day Istanbul in Turkey).

Later in the 4th century, St. Cyril of Jerusalem said the whole world "has been filled with pieces of the wood of the cross." St. Gregory of Nyssa said the wood had "saving efficacy for all men, though it is, as I am informed, a piece of a poor tree, less valuable than most trees are."

The 16th-century Protestant theologian John Calvin famously joked that if all the pieces linked to the "true cross" were assembled in one place, "they would make a big shipload."

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