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The Mystery of the Holy Lance

Like the Ark of the Covenant and the Graal, the Holy Lance is one of the sacred relics of Christianity. Mentioned in the Gospel of John, it is known as the weapon used by Roman legionary Longinus to pierce Christ’s side after his crucifixion. “Blood and water” came out of the injury — a phenomenon considered to be a miracle. The Lance became one of the most coveted relics of the Passion of the Christ. According to the legend, whoever possesses it becomes invincible and capable of ruling the world. Throughout history, the Lance have been sought after by many ambitious leaders: Emperor Constantine, Napoleon, Barbarossa, Hitler...

From Jerusalem to Istanbul, Paris, Vienna and Rome, this film combines scientific investigation with the latest historical research to explore the two thousand year-long history of this captivating artefact.