Guardians of the Lost Ark — The Next Generation

Image: Ralph Bennett Crignola

A child pilgrim with braided hair

The Ark of the Covenant, if it was indeed inside the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, has survived some close calls. In the 10th century, it is said that a non-Christian, Beta-Israel queen, Gudit, razed the church (along with many others) to the ground. Then, in the 16th century, Somali Muslim general Ahmad ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi demolished the restored church completely, which resulted in its current 17th-century form. Next, during the 1980s, Marxist forces in Aksum are reported to have plundered churches and killed clergy. On this occasion, however, the church housing the Ark remained untouched.

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