Byzantine basilica comes to life in Bursa


Excavations to unearth a 1500-year-old Byzantine basilica in Bursa (Greek Prousa) will begin this month it was announced by the local governor.

Byzantine basilica comes to life in Bursa
The 1500 year old Byzantine basilica at Bursa [Credit: AA/Hurriyet]

Harput, who was investigating the area where the historical basilica was discovered in the Derecik Village of the Büyükorhan neighborhood, gathered information from the authorities. The basilica was used for worship in the early years of Christianity.

After the acceptance of Christianity by the Roman emperor Constantine, many buildings in settled areas turned into places of worship. One of these buildings, the basilica being excavated, later became one of the most important stations on the pilgrimage to Mecca. “We have found many pieces of heritage in this area around İznik, which is one of the cities where Christianity took the shape it has today. Bursa has a history of 8,000 years. The excavations and studies for the basilica are continuing with the collaboration of the Bursa Governor’s Office, foreign authorities, academics, and the Culture Ministry.

According to the first plan, consisting of four stages, the excavation work will cost a total of around 1.1 million euros, and is expected to start in July. There is also a new museum planned for the exhibition of treasures found. 

Source: Hurriyet Daily News [June 15, 2013]