Bones found in Saint Stepanos church could belong to John the Baptist

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A few months ago, a team of Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) who were studying documents from Iranian churches for international registration, discovered some skeletons in Saint Stepanos Church, located in the northeastern province of East Azarbaijan.

Following the recent discovery, Iran's Armenian Archbishop talked of the possibility of their belonging to John the Baptist. "Most probably the discovered remains are of great historical value," said Sabveh Serkisian, Iran's Armenians' archbishop and head of the Prelacy of Tehran and North of Iran. "According to the church tradition, we know that when Gregor was selected as the bishop of Gheisarieh (Constantinople), on his way back, Bishop Ghiondios gave him parts of the remains of John the Baptist to show his affection and respect. Parts of the remains were transferred to the town of Mush and put in the main church of John the Baptist.

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