At the bottom of a lake in Turkey found an ancient Christian Church

At the bottom of a lake in Turkey found an ancient Christian Church

Ruins discovered thanks to images from space.

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Published on Archeologia Subacquea Blog (@archeologiasubacqueablog) 16 Sep 2018 10:54 PDT

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An amazing discovery was made by Turkish scientists. At the bottom of lake Iznik, located 125 kilometers from Istanbul, the researchers found the ruins of a Christian Church, built about 390 BC

It is noted that excavations near the lake was conducted since 2006, but still failed to find anything of value. A unique discovery was made possible thanks to satellite images, which were clearly visible the outlines of the Church under water. It is noteworthy that the ruins were located just 50 metres from the shore at a depth of 3 meters.

Church where ‘Christianity”s most important events took place’ found in Turkish lake

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According to preliminary data, the Church was built around 390 BC when the city of Iznik was called Nicea, and Istanbul — Constantinople, was the Eastern center of the Roman Empire. It is believed that the temple was destroyed during an earthquake in the year 740.

Now archaeologists are doing research on a place of detection of a Church. Scientists believe that under these ruins may hide another treasure: an ancient pagan temple of Apollo, built around 180 — 192 ad

By the way, now the authorities have considered the proposal to establish in the lake Iznik underwater Museum. If the plan is approved, then a tour will be accessible in 2019.

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