Ancient Church Dedicated To Unknown Martyr Discovered In Israel

by Daniel Payne · Oct 24th, 2019 4:24 pm
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Last Updated Nov 14th, 2019 at 3:15 pm

A 1,500-year-old church dedicated to an unknown “glorious martyr” has turned up in Israel. It is a building marked by “exceptional opulence,” according to one archeologist.

The site, located near Jerusalem, has been undergoing a three-year excavation. It contains a fully-intact crypt, a rarity in Israel.

Archeologists say the church’s first phase of construction began under Justinian in the 6th century. The structure bears marks of involvement from the Byzantine Empire.


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