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Apostle Matheus grave to be searched for on Issyk-Kul Lake
Monday, July 09, 2001

Pravda, Russia, By Yuri Razgulaev

A group of archaeologists from Kirghiz Academy of Sciences has declared starting scientific researches which have to confirm the legend, that on Issyk Kul lake apostle Matheus had spent his last days.

This legend could be read in a book of archbishop of Bishkek and the Central Asia Vladimir, which has not been published yet. "The imperishable body of saint apostle and Evangelist Matheus has found its posthumous calm in Kirghiz soil, Vladimir supposes. - This relic had been kept in a monastery on Issyk Kul lake, and the whole Christian world had known about it".

"No matter, if we do not find anything for the first time, - expedition’s leader, Corresponding Member of Kirghiz Academy of Sciences Vladimir Ploskikh announced departing to the lake. – It is just an exploring. We will start our serious excavations later, after we determine with what to start and where to excavate".

Apostle Matheus who is supposed to be the author of the strangest canonical Gospels remains one of the most mysterious figures of Christianity. It is also still a mystery where he had died and had been buried.


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