The Vatican has long been the source of all sorts of mysteries and conspiracies. After all, it is closed from the world and only a select few are allowed to see its true inner secrets. Among them are legends about long-lost texts, the secrets of the Illuminati, the hidden information about all kinds of unsolved mysteries of the world.
Stories about aliens and UFOs, how could we ever miss them, supposedly are found in abundance in local classified archives. But these are far from the strangest legends. Have you ever heard about the Chronovisor, the alleged time machine that the Vatican once had or may still have?
10 Things you need to know about the Chronovisor
1. Origin. All this confusion began in the early 1960s. Father François Brune sailed on a boat along the Grand Canal in Venice on business when he accidentally met a physicist priest named Pellegrino Ernetti. They entered into a serious discussion about religion and its connection with modern science. At one point, Ernetti claimed that a time machine is already in existence.
2. Creation. Ernetti said that this device was called “Chronovisor”. According to him, this device was invented in the 1950s by a secret group of twelve famous scientists. The creation was issued by the Vatican.
3. Purpose. The purpose of the unique device was to allow one to observe the greatest biblical secrets of the world and thus, provide evidence that they were real.
4. Description. The Chronovisor was described by Ernetti as a large cabinet containing many cathodes, dials, levers, and several obscure antennas. Of course, it contained rare precious alloys in wild quantities.
5. How? Instead of physically transporting time travelers into the past, the chronovisor rather allowed the viewer to simply glimpse into history. And see and hear events that happened hundreds, or even thousands of years ago.
6. What to see? The scientist claimed that with the help of the chronovisor it was possible to personally observe the most famous biblical events. Including the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the Last Supper, and even the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
7. Vow to secrecy. Ernetti argued that the time machine was hidden in the Vatican and that he had vowed to keep all this work a secret. Brune was the first to whom he told about it, forgetting about caution in the heat of scientific dispute.
8. The Pope wanted to hide it. Ernetti stated that Pope Pius XII ultimately found the chronovisor too dangerous to humanity. And he forbade anyone to talk about him. And he even threatened to excommunicate anyone who tried to use it again.
9. How it went public? Despite all this secrecy, the story somehow leaked out. And she saw the light in an article in the May 1972 issue of the Italian magazine La Domenica del Corriere. Its headline was sensational: “A machine that photographs the past is finally invented.” And it even contained a photograph of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, allegedly sent anonymously by mail.
10. Real or not? Despite the fact that this story aroused quite a lot of interest, surprise, and controversy, there was no concrete evidence that the Chronovisor existed at all. And, of course, the Vatican never spoke about it or confirmed it.
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