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Ancient fresco unveiled in Israel

07-28-2010 09:09 BJT

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A rare Crusader-era fresco from Jerusalem's Garden of Gethsemane was unveiled to the public for the first time on Monday at Israel's national museum.

The fresco depicts a famous Biblical scene featuring Jesus, Mary, and John the Baptist praying together.

The fresco was discovered by chance in 1999 in the midst of a mission to preserve sites that had been affected by severe winter flooding.

Curators at the Israel Museum believe the full 12th-century fresco was about 9 meters tall, although now only the bottom section remains.

Only two other similar frescoes have been found near Jerusalem, one in the nearby village of Abu Ghosh and one in Bethlehem.

Archaeologists say all others were destroyed by Saladin when his troops captured Jerusalem in the name of Islam in 1187.

Editor:Liu Fang |Source:

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