Turkish archaeologists, during excavations in the ruins of the St. Polievkt Church in the Saracane district of Istanbul, discovered a secret underground passage, which is about 1,500 years old.
Arkeonews reports the discovery. The Church of Saint Polieuctus is a former Byzantine church, which was built in 524-527 by Anikia Juliana. The temple was a domed basilica, which was the largest and most luxurious temple in Constantinople until Emperor Justinian I built the famous Hagia Sophia.
A previously unknown underground passage, whose age is comparable to the age of the church itself, was discovered by archaeologists about 20 meters from the nearby Hashim Ishchan passage. The researchers were even struck by the architecture of this passage, as it was ancient with carved marble blocks and even decorated with relief images on the walls.
As Mahir Polat, deputy general secretary of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, noted in his commentary, the structure found is “a fine example of the city’s architecture that has withstood the test of time and the wrath of earthquakes.” In fact, over the past fifteen hundred years, Istanbul has experienced many earthquakes, but the secret underground passage was practically not damaged as a result of these disasters. The secrets of the ancient builders will now try to discover modern scientists.
Please note that the main building of the Church of St. Polyeuctus was destroyed in ancient times as a result of the invasion of the enemy. However, a new discovery proves that its internal infrastructure has survived to this day. It is quite possible that during ongoing excavations other previously unknown structures that were part of this temple will be found. By the way, during excavations in the area, archaeologists also found a statue, 681 bronze coins, patterned bricks, marble shards, ceramic shards, oil lamps, and ancient glass and metal products.