A 2000-year-old house was recently unearthed in ancient Laodicea, with evidence that part of the home had been converted into a church. The house, which was used in the first century A.D. was discovered next to the northern theater. The massive structure covered an area of 2000 square meters and had a courtyard surrounded with corridors and 20 columns. While the house itself dates to the first-century AD, the section that was converted to a church comes from a later period. Professor, Celal Şimşek, stated, “We think that the Laodicea Church was built after Christianity was made free, and the high-ranking clergy there probably lived in this house, but we have not yet made a clear determination regarding this.” The excavations and restoration have been going on for a year, and scholars are hopeful that this discovery will be help provide information on the spread of Christianity in Laodicea, one of the seven cities to which the Apostle John wrote his letters to the churches (Rev. 3:14-22).
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