Beit Lehi Tour

Archaeology of Ancient Israel

Christian Chapel

Video Transcript

The subterranean chapel is a small chapel that was hewn in a cave and faced to the East like most of the chapel in the Christian churches in the Byzantine Period in Israel. It dates to the middle of the fifth century CE, which means that it’s prior to the main Byzantine church that we have found at the site. The subterranean chapel is divided into two sections: the apse, facing to the East, and is divided by a chancellor screen from the main hall which we found a base of an altar. Everything, as I said, is facing to the East. On the walls we’ve found Christian symbols and monograms, like crosses and the fishbone, which symbolize Jesus.

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