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.