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The oldest Roman catholic church in Peru

The mud brick remains of what may be the oldest Roman Catholic church in Peru have been uncovered near Piura.

The church outside the northern coastal city of Piura was built in 1534 but its mud walls deteriorated over time as Spanish conquistadors abandoned the area, said archaeologist Cesar Astuhuaman of Piura University.

Historical documents discovered in an archive in Sevilla, Spain, helped Peruvian and Spanish academics discover the ruins, whose rectangular stone perimeter remains intact along with an altar, he said in a phone interview Friday.

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Story: Franklin Briceno, AP | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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