05/19/2022 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – An underground city was discovered in Turkey and is believed to be the home of roughly 70,000 Christians during the 6th century who faced persecution at the time of the Romans.
The underground city was found in the Midyat district of Mardin province. Archeologists report finding “places of worship, silos, water wells and passages with corridors.” Gani Tarkan, the head of excavations, “It was first built as a hiding place or escape area. As it is known, Christianity was not an official religion in the second century. Families and groups who accepted Christianity generally took shelter in underground cities to escape the persecution of Rome or formed an underground city.”
Only about 3 to 5 percent of the city is unearthed, but efforts are being made to excavate the entire city. It is believed to be the largest of its kind and is among more than 40 other cities discovered in Turkey. Derinkuyu, another famous underground city, could hold around 20,000 people and was used to hide Christians and Jews between the 8th and 12th centuries.
Midyat is considered “almost an open-air museum” because of its rich history, including churches and monasteries.
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