A HIDDEN handwritten note has been found up the bum of a 18th century statue of Jesus Christ in Northern Spain.

The message dating back to 1777, documents key information about the period including famous people, popular pastimes and political matters.

Signed by Joaquin Minguez, priest of the cathedral of Burgo de Osma at the time, it was found when restorers removed a piece of fabric used to cover Christ’s derriere, exposing a small gap.

Double sided and two pages long, experts believe that the priest’s intention was to make a time capsule.

The wooden statue is now kept at the church of Santa Agueda in Sotillo de la Ribera, in Burgos.

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