7th-century basilica excavated in Cyprus

Published on December 5th, 2013 | by Admin

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Archaeologists have been excavating a Christian basilica in Cyprus that dates back to the 7th-century A.D.

The huge site, estimated to have been the size of Westminster Abbey, which the Antiquities Department dates back to approximately 616, is believed to have been a holding area for holy relics brought over from Jerusalem and boasts an incredible wealth of stunning mosaics – now protected with special gravel – marble, gold leaf trimmings, bronze and statues.

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