Workers in Spain restoring a statue of Christ were stunned when they discovered a centuries-old time capsule hidden inside the statue.
Science alert reported that they found a secret message that had been written by an 18th-century priest inside the hollow wooden statue of Jesus Christ on the cross. The statue was called Cristo del Miserere.
The statue had been taken from the church of Santa Agueda in Sotillo de la Ribera, in Northern Spain, to be restored. Experts from the art restoration specialist Da Vinci Restauro reportedly found the letter when they took out a detachable part of the statue, the wooden “cloth” covering the statue’s back side.
The letter was written in 1777 by Joaquin Minguez, a chaplain at the Cathedral de Burgo Osma. In the letter, Minguez makes reference to Manuel Bal, sculptor of Cristo del Miserere and 5 other statues in the Santa Agueda church.
He also mentions the then King of Spain, Carlos III, local dignitaries, popular entertainments like cards and ball games and the region’s crops. He also talks about common diseases at the time, like malaria and typhoid fever.
The letter was carefully removed by the experts at the scene. They found that it was written on both sides of two pieces of paper.
The document was then sent to the archives of the Archbishopric of Burgos, and a copy was placed back inside the statue.
Amazingly, this is not the first time that a statue has been found to have more than meets the eye. For instance, a thousand years old mummified body of a monk was found inside a Chinese statue of Buddha.
In yet another instance, researchers at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History made another shocking discovery about two years ago. A human skull was found inside an exhibit of a man that’s fighting off lions while he’s riding a camel through the desert, when the display was being moved for restoration.