(ORDO NEWS) — Researchers from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) have discovered a previously unknown inscription on the wall of the tomb of King Davil containing the name and family coat of arms of a Swiss nobleman.
We are talking about a knight who made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 1466.
The Jerusalem Post reports on the opening. It is reported that probably only a fragment of the centuries-old “graffiti” has survived.
It contains the name of the knight Adrian von Bubenberg, next to which is his family coat of arms.
Surprisingly, the inscription was found on the wall of King David’s tomb, located on Mount Zion in Jerusalem.
The Israel Antiquities Authority clarified in its release that the identity of the knight has already been identified.
He was a Swiss nobleman who was nicknamed the Knight of the Holy Sepulcher after his pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 1466.
By the way, this was a very famous person, whose memory is still revered in Bern. In this city, the central square is named after Bubenberg, in its center there is a bronze monument to this knight.
It is known about him that he was born in 1424. Bubenberg is considered a Swiss national hero for his military exploits throughout Europe.
In particular, he distinguished himself at the Battle of Morat as part of the Burgundian Wars.
The knight died in 1479 and was buried in Bern Cathedral. By the way, Bubenberg actually was the mayor of this city for three terms.
It is also interesting that the wall inscription left by him more than 500 years ago was not the only graffiti discovered by archaeologists as part of a special project in the tomb of David.
In total, more than 40 different inscriptions were found, belonging to both Christian and Muslim pilgrims. They are made in several languages.
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