A strange disc pouring smoke and hovering over buildings has been found in a monastery wall painting thought to date from the 16th century – and UFO researchers claim it is evidence of visitors from another world.
The image is painted on the wall on a 14th century church in Sighisoara – thought to the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the historical figure on whom the Dracula legend is based.
UFO fans believe that the strange disc shows that aliens have been visiting our world for centuries – although local experts claim it’s probably meant to represent Elijah’s ascension to heaven, according to Romania Insider.
The caption on the painting says, ‘Israel, put your hope in the Lord,’ and the image is thought to date from just after 1523, when the Bible was first translated into German.
UFO experts have drawn a comparison with other well-known paintings which seem to depict flying saucers, such as the 1710 painting Baptism of Christ by Aert de Gelder.
Nicolae Tescula, the manager of the museum, says, ‘There is a painting in the sacristy of the church with a religious scene that represents a cloud – perhaps Elijah’s assumption to Heaven – which looks like a dome, but can lead to a more modern representation that might make us think of a UFO.’
‘Many say it’s a UFO, it looks like a UFO, it is an artist’s vision. They are like Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings, you can interpret them.’
Nigel Watson, author of the Haynes UFO Investigations Manual says, ‘Flying saucers, UFOs and other weird objects in the sky have been depicted throughout the history of humanity. ’
‘What appear to be UFOs and aliens appear in the cave paintings of ancient man, the reigious paintings of the Renaissance period and in the works of chroniclers and storytellers.’
‘Some of the most striking UFO images appear in Renaissance art. As an example, a painting titled The Crucifixion depicts two spherical flying craft that plainly have a pilot inside them. It is of 1350 vintage and hangs over the altar in the Visoki Decani Monestry, Yugoslavia.’
‘In the 15th Century, The Madonna with Saint Giovannio, the artist Domenico Ghirlandaio depicts a disc-like craft with rays shooting out of it over the left shoulder of Mary. A man with a dog behind Mary are shown looking at this aerial object.’
‘The Baptism of Christ painted by Aert De Gelder in 1710 is a stunning vision of a circular craft beaming rays of light that illuminate Jesus and John the Baptist. It can be viewed at the Fitzwiliam Museum Cambridge.’