Early Christian church discovered in Cappadocia | Photo: Nevşehir Castle Urban Transformation Project/Nevşehir Municipality/Turkey’s Housing Development Administration
Excavations carried out in the region of Turkey, Cappadocia, in 2016 resulted in the discovery of an early Christian church, which dates back to the 5th century CE.
The building is larger than other historical churches in the region. The structure was built underground, and its interior is covered with frescoes that have survived to our times. Archaeologists say that the church collapsed, but it will be rebuilt over time. Currently, scientists have stopped work because of frescoes. They want to wait until spring when the temperature rises and the moisture evaporates. Further earthworks can then be undertaken.
The wall paintings are truly amazing. On one of them, we see a fish falling from the hand of Christ ascending to heaven and evil souls dying.