Svezhen, Plovdiv Province, Bulgaria, July 6, 2022
An early Christian church was recently discovered in the forest near the Plovdiv Province village of Svezhen when visiting forest officials found traces of treasure hunting.
“The church is located deep in the forest near Svezhen, hidden from the eyes of people, but not from treasure hunters. It was discovered by chance by a forester who was tagging trees,” reports BNT.
A report was immediately filed at the town hall, and the mayor called in archaeologists who were able to date the church to about the beginning of the 5th century.
BNT’s video report shows the site and the remaining foundations:
The 36’ x 20’ church is built of broken stones sealed with mud. The apse is clearly visible, and the treasure hunters uncovered roof tiles and brick floor.
Work is underway to preserve the church and put it on the local tourist map.
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