Washington - The lunar mausoleum is said to contain the remains of Old Testament stalwarts like the Prophet Elijah, renowned for his ascent into heaven in a flaming chariot.
Now its very existence is coming under threat as GOP White House wannabe Newt Gingrich promises to build an American moon base slap bang in the middle of the ancient burial site.
The new facility would include a space docking station for the next generation on NASA shuttles, a bio-dome research lab and a vast silo of Presidential inter-galactic laser beam 'zappers' to pulverise pesky incoming Earth-bound asteroids.
"Who knows, the project's bound to be so popular we might even get to have a lunar Mount Rushmore," Gingrich aides commented on the campaign trail today.
High tech solar power innovations mean the new monument could be backlit to make the sculptures clearly visible from Earth where Gingrich currently has his own power base.
"Newt Gingrich's an alien, alright," a US Tea Party source quipped on hearing about his latest plans.
"Seem to remember him advising his former boss Ronnie Raygun to blast Soviet missiles from outer space from an orbiting nuclear supergun."
The GOP presidential campaign continues.