Thursday, August 31, 2006

Apostle Matthew's Grave

On RogueClassicism, David Meadows notes a story on the Apostle Matthew's burial place, from Radio Free Europe:

Burial Place Of Apostle Matthew 'Found' In Kyrgyzstan
August 30, 2006 -- A Kyrgyz archaeologist believes he may have located the burial place of the Apostle Matthew.
Vladimir Ploskikh told a news briefing in Bishkek today that his team this summer uncovered on the northeastern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul what he believes are the remains of the Christian monastery that a 14th-century map indicates is the site where the Apostle Matthew was buried.

According to legends, Apostle Matthew died on his way to India and established several Christian communities during the course of his journey.

The document, which is kept in Venice and is known as the Catalan map, mentions a place named "Issicol," where it says there is "a cloister of the Armenian Brothers where the body of the Apostle and Evangelist Saint Matthew is."

Ploskikh, however, cautioned that further investigation is needed.

Update (17.38): Crystal has more on Perspective.

1 comment:

Jamie said...

I can't think of a better place to die. Even if he didn't die there, it really is beautiful. There are hundreds of little legends surrounding Issyk-Kul, one has always been that an apostle was buried at the bottom.