Fascinating News: 13th Century Byzantine Chapel Found

I threw this into social media, but must blog on it here, because I don’t want anyone to miss this story: Under Turkish Mud Well, Preserved Byzantine Chapel Found.

It’s in Myra! Home of Saint Nicholas! And look!

(Photo source Myra-Andriake Excavations via NY Times)

After some 800 years as an important pilgrimage site in the Byzantine Empire it vanished — buried under 18 feet of mud from the rampaging Myros River. All that remained was the Church of St. Nicholas, parts of a Roman amphitheater and tombs cut into the rocky hills.

But now, 700 years later, Myra is reappearing.

Archaeologists first detected the ancient city in 2009 using ground-penetrating radar that revealed anomalies whose shape and size suggested walls and buildings. Over the next two years they excavated a small, stunning 13th-century chapel sealed in an uncanny state of preservation. Carved out of one wall is a cross that, when sunlit, beams its shape onto the altar. Inside is a vibrant fresco that is highly unusual for Turkey.

Read it all. Fascinating. What a discovery!

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  • Victor

    Hey Anchoress, I just thought that I would tell you that I was thinking about you while my wife and I spent New Year in our Canadian Capital City with one of our daughter and as a matter of fact, my thoughts were even stronger when we found ourselves in a Catholic Church named, Saint Elizabeth of The Visitation!

    Go Figure!

    I hear ya! Yes!!! You’re still on my prayer list Victor!! :)

    Happy New Year