Ancient Church Found at Israeli Prison

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An Israeli prisoner cleans dirt off a mosaic in the ruins of what is thought to be a third- or fourth-century Christian church on November 6. The mosaic, which could have been part of the oldest Christian church in Israel, was discovered recently on the grounds of that nation's high-security Megiddo Prison.

Israeli prisoner Ramil Razilo first found the edge of the mosaic while removing debris from the site of a planned prison-ward expansion. According to the Associated Press, two of the mosaics tell the story of a Roman officer and a woman named Aketous who donated money to build the structure in the memory "of the god, Jesus Christ."

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