Long necked and with 'spiritual' eyes: Experts uncover stunning 1,400 year old fresco of St Paul in Roman catacomb
Vatican officials today described the discovery of a 1,400 year old fresco of St Paul in an ancient Roman catacomb as ‘sensational.’
The painting was found during restoration work at the Catacombs of San Gennaro (Saint Januarius) in the port city of Naples.
A photograph released by the Vatican shows the apostle, famous for his conversion to Christianity from Judaism, with a long neck, a slightly pink complexion, thinning hair, a beard and big eyes that give his face a ‘spiritual air.’
News of the discovery was announced on the feast day of St Peter and Paul which is traditionally a bank holiday in Rome....
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