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Mona Lisa’s tomb found

The final resting place of Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo, believed to be the model for the Mona Lisa, has been located in an an adandoned convent by ground penetrating radar. [Thx to Xenia for posting this on the A Blog About History Facebook page]

The crypt was found under the floor of the St Ursula convent in Florence after a foot of modern concrete was removed and unearthed a layer of ancient, 35 inch wide bricks.

Professor Vinceti yesterday said: “We are roughly where the altar stood and we have found not one crypt but two, one is older than the other and we believe that one of them is that of Lisa Gherardini.

“We are still a long way to go and we will have to work several more days before we actually reach the tomb and open it to recover the bones.

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Story: Nick Pisa, The Telegraph | Photo: Rex Features

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