Live tv
search
  1. You Are At:
  2. English News
  3. World
  4. Archaeologists discover 1,500-year-old church in Israel

Archaeologists discover 1,500-year-old church in Israel

According to Aviam, the findings have a significant contribution to the historical and archaeological knowledge of the ancient Jewish community in the Galilee region, and of great importance to the study of Christianity. 

IANS Reported by: IANS
Jerusalem Published on: August 01, 2019 8:22 IST
An ancient church in Israel
Image Source : AP IMAGES

An ancient church in Israel

Israeli and US researchers discovered a 1,500-year-old church of the Byzantine-era on the northern shore of Israel's Sea of Galilee lake, as reported Wednesday by the Kinneret Academic College (KAC).

The researchers, Mordechai Aviam, a professor with the KAC, and Steven Notely, a professor with Nyack College in New York, said the church, unearthed in the ancient village of Bethsaida, was built by the Byzantines "in honour of the apostles of Jesus Christ", the Xinhua news agency reported.

So far, the southern rooms of the church have been discovered. The church had ornate mosaic floors, some of which are well preserved.

A fragment of the marble chancel screen, decorated with a wreath, was found, as well as glass tessera gilded in gold that belonged to a wall mosaic.

In addition, the excavators also revealed an ancient Jewish village and found 20 Ottoman silver coins and five French gold coins beneath the concrete floor of "Bek's House" which was built in the 19th century.

According to Aviam, the findings have a significant contribution to the historical and archaeological knowledge of the ancient Jewish community in the Galilee region, and of great importance to the study of Christianity. 

ALSO READ | Historic 124-year-old Central Texas church burns to ground | Watch

ALSO READ | Sri Lanka reconsecrates St Sebastian's Church damaged in Easter Sunday blasts

ALSO READ | CNI Bishop booked for selling church properties worth Rs 10,000 crore

Latest World News