In Turkey, against the background of a prolonged drought since the day of Lake Iznik, an ancient sanctuary has risen, which is about 1.5 thousand years old. It happened in the province of Bursa, informs Daily Sabah.
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Due to drought in the specified lake there was a significant drop in the water level. Thanks to this, a historical monument, namely the Basilica of St. Neophytos, has risen to the surface for the first time in many years. Such a thing has been observed for the first time since the VIII century, and the structure itself was built about 1.5 thousand years ago. The sanctuary existed for a relatively short time, since it was hidden under the water column. Scientists believe they have not seen the basilica since 740, when the earthquake hit Turkey. Since then, the structure has been hidden in the lake, but since the beginning of the drought, the water level there has dropped by 2 meters. Archaeologists managed to organize filming from the air, due to which it was confirmed that the historical monument is located only 20 meters from the coastline.
Since 2015, plans have been underway to transform the basilica into an underwater museum. Archaeologists went under the water to study the sanctuary, having managed to discover many noteworthy artifacts. The most interesting finds of recent years have been several seals belonging to Scottish knights.