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Ancient Mosaic Uncovered at Megiddo

On Oct. 31, 2005 the Israeli Antiquities Authority released images showing a mosaic with writing in ancient Greek on the floor of what is believed to be the oldest church in Israel. The mosaic was recently discovered in the grounds inside the Megiddo prison, near the biblical site of Armageddon, in central Israel. The ruins are believed to date back 1,700 years, and include references to Jesus and images of fish, the report said. Archaeological experts quoted in the story said it was the largest church ever discovered in the holy land, and could perhaps turn out to be the oldest church in the world.

The Jerusalem Post»

National Geographic»


Mosaic floor of church believed to be earliest of its type found in the Middle East.
(Photo courtesy of IAA)


(AP Photo/Israel Antiquities Authority)