Christianity's oldest chapel discovered in Megiddo
A rare archeological find in Megiddo with the discovery of the oldest Christian chapel ever found. Israel is planning to move the prison in order to preserve this historical treasure. Imagine what would happen if this ancient Christian chapel was discovered on Moslem territory - first it wouldn't be, because the Moslems aren't interested in archeology or history, and second, if it wasn't Moslem they would either destroy it, as they did the 150 ft. tall Bamian Buddhas in Afghanistan, or turn it into a mosque, as they've done with the ancient shrine of St. Sophia, Byzantium's holiest church, which is now a mosque in Constantinople.
Jerusalem Post Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World
In an unprecedented move, Israel's top archaeological body is recommending that the Megiddo Prison be relocated due to the recent discovery of the most ancient Christian place of worship ever found in Israel on the grounds of the prison.
The ruins of the Christian prayer hall, which was located inside a Roman villa, date back to the first half of the third century CE, making the chapel the earliest place of Christian worship ever unearthed in the Holy Land, excavation director and Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist Yotam Tepper said Tuesday.
The site in question, which is located between an ancient Jewish village dating back to the Roman period and what used to be a Roman Army camp, was uncovered last year after authorities sought to expand the prison grounds and prisoners stumbled upon the ruins during routine excavations.
The building, which is thought to have belonged to a Roman officer, has a rectangular hall with a mosaic floor bearing geometric patterns, a medallion decorated with drawings of fish - a symbol widely used in early Christianity - and three Greek inscriptions.