In this region many centuries ago stood the ancient city.
At the bottom of the Turkish Iznik lake, scientists have found a Church built about 390 BC in honor of St. Neophytos of Nicaea.
The photographs are clearly visible remnants of buildings that are under water 50 metres from shore.
Archaeologists believe that the building went under water in the earthquake, which occurred in 740, the year. The Church partially collapsed, and eventually ruins flooded.
In place of the lake many centuries ago stood the ancient city of Nicaea. Professor of archaeology of the University of Uludag in Bursa Mustafa Sahin believes that the temple could be the place where was held the First Ecumenical Council, which in 325 convened by the Emperor Constantine the Great.
“I did research on Iznik lake since 2006. This remarkable structure was discovered for the first time. When I saw the ruins of which are clearly visible in the waters of the lake, I was amazed,” the scientist said.
He believes that the Church could build on top of the pagan temple of Apollo Greek and Roman sun-God.
Professor Shaheen hopes that with the support of local officials at the place flooded temple will create Turkey’s first underwater archaeological Museum.
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