In Turkey, archaeologists think they may have found the largest underground city in the world — and it was potentially used to hide persecuted Christians.
The discovery, made in the Mardin province in southeastern Turkey, was first reported earlier this month.
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The news was initially reported by the Turkish government’s state-run Anadolu Agency , in an article published in Turkey’s Daily Sabah newspaper. Newly discovered ancient subterranean city alert: First accessed a couple years ago, Matiate in southeastern Turkey “is an area where we estimate that at least 60-70,000 people lived underground” (!) https://t.co/VMUG2HEKP5 — Martyn Wendell Jones (@martynwendell) April 28, 2022 According to the Anadolu Agency, artifacts dating from the second and third centuries A.D. were found “in an underground city featuring places of worship, silos, water wells and passages with corridors.”
The Jerusalem Post noted the researchers excavating it believe it could be the largest underground city in the world.
The city was in the Midyat district, already known for its rich, historical significance.
“Midyat, which is almost an open-air museum with its history and culture, offers a magical atmosphere to its visitors with stone houses, inns, mosques, churches and monasteries that are thousands of years old,” the Anadolu Agency noted.
It was during a project to clean and conserve the district’s houses that a cave leading to the underground city was discovered two years ago. Enormous Underground City Discovered in Turkey. Read more: https://t.co/Yt8vF14tsH pic.twitter.com/hzQHnGKsky — Ancient Origins (@ancientorigins) April 27, 2022 “After it was determined that the cave is a passage to different places with corridors, excavation works were launched to unearth the underground […]
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