SIGHISOARA, Romania – Tourists visiting the church in the Medieval Citadel are puzzled by the strange object in the roughly 400-year-old work of art. Does this church's medieval wall painting depict a UFO-style flying saucer?
The painting, which adorns the wall of the 13th century monetary, first appeared in the 17th century after the place of worship burnt down. However, Nicolae Tescula, manager of the history museum Sighisoara, thinks the bizarre unidentified object could just be the artist's representation of heaven. Casting doubt on the theory it could show the first signs of alien life on earth, Tescula said: "The church is Evangelical and the image has a secondary role or is less representative. Indeed, 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." He believes the painting could have been created by an artist from Sighisoara. Tescula added: "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."
The church, situated in the heart of the Medieval Citadel, has burnt down twice since it was constructed an estimated 700 years ago. This is the reason the interior of the church includes of variety of styles, including its artworks, according to Romania Insider.