Ruins Found In Previously Held ISIS Territory In Northern Syrian City
MANBIJ, Syria – For more than two years,
ISIS forces who occupied this northern Syrian city paid little attention
to the tip of an old gate on an empty mound of land where they dumped
They were clueless the gate ran several feet into the ground down to
something they might well have destroyed had they known: The ruins of an
ancient Christian refuge, or early church, possibly dating back to the
first centuries of Christendom’s existence, under the Roman Empire.
“I was so excited, I can’t describe it. I was holding everything in my
hands,” Abdulwahab Sheko, head of the Exploration Committee at the Ruins
Council in Manbij, told Fox News, as he led a reporter on a recent tour
of the ruins.
Among the artifacts found that indicate this was a significant site for
Christians were several versions of crosses etched into columns and
walls, and writings carved into stone.
Roman Empire Christian ruins discovered after ISIS pushed out of Syrian
“This place is so special. Here is where I think the security guard
would stand at the gate watching for any movement outside,” Sheko
explained, working his way through what he called the “first location”
of the site. “He could warn the others to exit through the other passage
if they needed to flee.”
The ancient space is carved out with narrow tunnels, complete with
grooved shelves to offer light, which were believed to offer passage for
worshippers. There are myriad escape routes in the tunnels as well,
featuring large stones that may have served as hidden doors. Also
visible are three jagged steps leading up to what Sheko believes was an
altar of sorts.