Historic Letter Dating Back Nearly 300 Years Found In Butt Of Jesus Statue

While restoring an 18th-century statue of Jesus Christ, a handwritten note was found hidden in the butt of the statue.

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The message was written in calligraphy and dated back to 1777. It had been stuffed up the Messiah’s backside by a priest, preserving it like a time capsule.

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It contained key information about the period and details on popular pastimes, the economic situation, political and religious matters, famous people and other topics.

letter in butt of jesus statue

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The document was signed by Joaquin Minguez, priest of the cathedral of Burgo de Osma, and was recently unearthed by workers of the restoration company Da Vinci Restauro.

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The wooden statue is kept at the church of Santa Agueda in the village of Sotillo de la Ribera in the northern Spanish province of Burgos.

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The statue is kept at the church of Santa Agueda.CEN/Da Vinci Restauro

The two page document was carefully handwritten on both sides was found when restorers removed a piece of fabric used to cover Christ’s behind, which exposed a small gap.

Efren Arroyo, local historian  was overwhelmed by the discovery: “It is amazing because it really is unique to find hidden handwritten documents inside such statues.”

The document not only named the statue’s sculptor, it included data and local information ranging from agricultural matters to community affairs, highlighted common diseases, popular children’s games and even the names of popular bullfighters of the time.

All these references indicate Joaquin Minguez’s intention was to make one of the earliest time capsules ever left behind for future generations to discover according to experts,

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