Is the Vatican Hiding the Menorah?

What happened to the menorah, the iconic Jewish symbol that once stood in the First and Second Temples?

The question that has caused speculation for generations. One of the most popular theories claims the menorah is buried deep within the Vatican. Is there any truth to this enduring rumor or is there another explanation for why the menorah vanished from history?

Comments (9)

(9) Marlene Dowling, December 21, 2020 4:48 PM

Very informative

I loved learning sll this fascinating information

(8) Rachel, December 17, 2020 2:43 PM

What about Greece/Turkey

There were more early Christians in Greece than in Rome. For centuries, Constantinople was a more culturally important city than Rome. It is equally possible that it was there, and that it fell into the hands of the medieval Ottomans who conquered Constantinople and renamed the city Istanbul. I read some years ago the Vatican has asked for information from anyone who can offer evidence about it’s being in existence and in the Vatican. 2000 years ago, it would have been valued by a conqueror mainly for its content in gold, not for its value as an artifact of a different civilization. Just because it was memorialized in the arch of Titus does not mean it survived.

(7) Anonymous, December 17, 2020 12:53 AM

TRADITION HAS IT that the oil on the menorah lasted for eight days on Chanukah?

(6) Anonymous, December 16, 2020 7:23 PM

It was seen in the 60's

Oscar Goldman of Queens saw the Menorah in the 1960's and his description of his story, although altered somewhat has been printed in different medial outlets over the past few decades. There is no way that the Vatican will admit to its possession now, let alone to return it. We will wait for Mashiah to bring it home...

(5) Anonymous, December 16, 2020 7:09 PM

Yes, I belive it may be.

Since this Pope seems like a very nice man, maybe we can send some very highly intelligent Jewish scholars to speak to him. By the way, what happened to the papers that nwas supposedly hidden in the vatican during WWII!

(4) EDDY GOLDFARB, December 16, 2020 5:54 PM


(3) DEAN BLAKE, December 15, 2020 5:24 PM

Incomplete accounting

Another Roman history suggests the last remaining of several menorahs was either stolen in transit to Rome from Jerusalem in upper Syria and melted down or was in transport by ship across the Northern Adriatic and lost at sea during a storm. Roman generals were obligated to fund their armies so loot and booty paid the troops and why Vaspasion won the Civil War; he used the Temple treasury, in two different raids, including the artifacts, to fund his war. Winning the war, the surplus was used to create jobs and occupy Jewish prisoners by building the Coloseum which had gold statues and ornamintation.

(2) Anonymous, December 15, 2020 3:10 PM

Another short theory

The menorah and other stolen temple items is in rome built into the arch of titus that cars drive thru daily. Been waiting for an earthquake to collapse the arch of titus so it can be found. Just a hunch but as good as any.

(1) Clifton, December 15, 2020 2:36 PM

Be serious

I love history as much as the next guy, but do you seriously think for one moment that this Pope, Francis, would hold on to such a thing especially in this day of ecumenism?


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