Friday, August 26, 2011

Newly Discovered Synagogue in Turkey

Amid the late-antique ruins of Andriake, the port city of ancient Myra along the Lycian coast of Turkey, archaeologists recently uncovered a synagogue—only the third ever found in Asia Minor.

Dated by the excavators to the fifth century C.E., the synagogue is located less than a half mile from the city’s harbor and would probably have served the needs of Jewish merchants and traders involved in the port. Other ancient synagogues in Asia Minor that have been excavated are at Sardisa and Priene (see sidebar), both in western Turkey.

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