The ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia was a fakeChurch of Mary of Zion in Axum. Wikipedia
Journalists found evidence of a scientist who had seen the ark with their own eyes
In early December, the media published the news that in the Ethiopian Church of Mary of Zion in Axum allegedly stored the ark of the Covenant with the ten biblical commandments. However, journalists Live Science failed to find evidence of a man who was inside the Church, saw the ark, and came to the conclusion that it is fake.
Edward Ullendorff, Professor of London school of Oriental and African studies (SOAS), have been there during the Second world war. Ullendorf, died in 2011, but about what he had seen he told a colleague to Tudor Bivol Parfitt and also gave interview to the Los Angeles Times in 1992.
Ethiopia was invaded by Italian troops during military campaign of 1935-1936 years. In 1940, Italy declared war on Velikobritanii, and in 1941, British forces invaded Ethiopia. Ollendorf, was an officer in the army, as well as young researchers interested in the history of Ethiopia. He decided to take this opportunity to see the legendary Ark of the Covenant.
Although the monks did not want to let him inside the Church, he could go there under the escort of soldiers. “What he saw, was no different copies of the ark in every Ethiopian Church. The ark was not an ancient, and , of course, was not the original Ark of the Covenant,” says Parfit.
After the war, Ullendorf spent most of his time in Ethiopia and even made friends with the Emperor of the country, so almost no one shared his thoughts about the authenticity of the ark.”He would not be able to work in Ethiopia, if told that the ark is not true,” explains Parfitt. According to him, Ullendorf was very sorry about only interview in the Los Angeles Times, where he said that the ark was made in the period of middle and late middle ages.
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Nobody knows where lies the real ark of the Covenant, and whether it exists at all. According to the Scriptures, chest plates, on which are engraved the ten commandments, was originally located in the Temple of Jerusalem of Solomon. However, in the VI century BC, the army of the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the temple. Since then, the whereabouts of the sacred chest was the source of much speculation.
Ethiopian legend says that 3000 years ago the ark of the Covenant in the country brought a man named Menelik, who was the son of the Queen of Sheba and king Solomon of Israel. This version appears in written sources Dating back to 1400 BC.
Recently National Geographic published an article which States that the keepers of the ark in Ethiopia “trained to kill with his bare hands” and that the entrance to the chapel is forbidden to all except a few members of the Ethiopian Christian Church, and confirm the authenticity of the relics is impossible.
We will remind, recently on the territory of modern Jordan found traces of the meteorite that destroyed the ancient city 3700 years ago. It is possible, that this disaster is told in the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah.