In her report, Dr. Emine Tok of Ege University’s art history department said the Greek church dates back to the late Roman-early Byzantine era from A.D. 2 to 4, noting that the remains are unique and very important in terms of archeology and art history.
“The mosaics, especially on the church floor, are the most important and rare kind,” read the report. “It is possible to restore the church and turn it into an asset for tourism. The building will not last long considering its current situation; it should immediately be repaired.”
The 8-meter-tall church, which has a water well, a cistern and water canals, has one prayer room and two living quarters. There is a mosaic on the church floor, believed to have been brought from Egypt. The mosaic contains images of four dolphins and a swordfish, symbols of the religious beliefs of the time.