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The Arc of Covenant on the move?

A British newspaper says a problem of a leaky church roof could be about to give the world the chance to glimpse the legendary Ark of the Covenant.
That’s because the claimed home of the iconic relic – a small chapel in Axum – has sprung a leak and so the Ark could now be on the move, Daily Mail wrote.
The Ark is a sacred container written of in the Old Testament. It is said to contain the original Ten Commandments tablets, as well as some manna, the mythical food that the Israelites ate while wandering through the desert.
It was made of wood, but covered in pure gold. On top, two cherubim faced each other, their wings outspread to form the “throne of God”. It’s supposed weight has been widely debated, with numbers ranging from 180 to 8,000 pounds!
Theologians have never been able to agree on the Ark’s fate, but many believe Menelik I brought it to Ethiopia. Menelik was the son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, and was the first Jewish emperor of Ethiopia.
Ethiopians say that they have had the Ark for centuries, and since the 1960s it has apparently been kept in the chapel.
This small and curiously-styled building is surrounded by spiked iron railings, and situated between two churches, the old and new, of St Mary of Zion in central Aksum.
No one has been allowed to see the holy object,except one solitary elderly monk, who must watch over the Ark for the remainder of his life, and is never allowed to leave the chapel grounds.
But now the chapel – which was designed by the Ethiopian leader Emperor Hailie Selassie – has had to be covered in a tarpaulin to stop rain getting in.
The Daily Mail story said the water damage could mean the Ark will be moved for the first time in decades giving religious worshippers and adventurers alike a chance to see it.
British photographer Tim Makins, 54, who is a travel photographer for publications like Lonely Planet, discovered the church had sprung a leak whilst travelling through Ethiopia last September.

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  1. Yonas
    December 6, 2011 at 9:24 am

    For sure this will be an answer for those, who didn’t believed us and for the Graham Hancock’s obsession in finding the Arc. Hope the world will get the answer.

  2. sergu alem
    December 6, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Whether leak or not, no one is going to see the Arc. What is being asked if the old monk will be able to carry it is ridiculous. If he can’t, he will have the support of another monk. Period.

  3. J. Biyyaa
    December 7, 2011 at 5:39 am

    Aristotle has once said,”I’d rather live my whole life assuming there is a God, only to find out that there isn’t, than to live my whole life assuming there isn’t a God, only to find out there is.”

    Say what you want, Brit, the Ark is there for a reason.

  4. Amor
    December 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Hope this will be the time to convince the whole world that we have something to real.

  5. December 10, 2011 at 1:39 am

    See the original article and all the photos on my website:


    Travelling Tim Makins, currently in the Philippines

  6. ethiopia and ethiopian
    December 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Please, keep your eye on it! We Ethiopian have the responsible … Many have been searching for it for a decades.

    God bless my Ethiopia!!!

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