(TsehaiNY) – The Voice of Russia reports the famous Russian explorer, Fyodor Konyukhow, has become the first European to see the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia.
According to the report, Konykhov is in Ethiopia at the request of the Ethiopian government to map out new tourist routes and has also struck a deal for the construction of an Orthodox Church of St. George in Addis Ababa. The report also notes Konyukhow was recently ordained as an Orthodox deacon.
The Arc of the Covenant was brought to Ethiopia by Menelik I and is believed to be housed and guarded near the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion in Axum, Ethiopia.
The Covenant cannot be seen by anyone but the High Priest of Axum, a holy monk who is responsible with guarding the Covenant, naming a successor on his deathbed.