One of the Oldest Churches in Turkey Has Been Uncovered by Archeologists

February 14, 2018

Members of the Karabük University Archeology Department in Anatolia, in northern Turkey, have announced the discovery of the remains of one of the oldest churches in Anatolia


The news was published by the newspaper Sabah on February 2, 2018, after a dispatch from the Anadolu Agency (AA) explained that the discovery was made during excavations in the ancient city of Hadrianopolis, situated in Karabük’s Eskipazar district.

Estimates say the structure that was unearthed could be about 1,500 years old, which would make it one of the first churches on the Anatolian peninsula.

Edirne was once an important pilgrimage site where St. Alypius the Stylite, a 6th-century monk and miracle-worker, was venerated.

According to Professor Ersin Celikbas, the church was about 65 feet long and was decorated with a floor mosaic representing a bull that is still visible; the construction took place during the same time period St. Alypius lived in.