5th century church discovered in Syria

Archaeologists have uncovered what they believe to be the largest ancient church ever discovered in Syria. The remains of the 5th century structure were found recently near Palmyra in central Syria.

The area around Palmyra, once a Roman trading center, is rich in archaeological treasures and is the site of at least four ancient churches. "Christianity came to Palmyra in the year 312, at a time when Christians had begun to build churches," said Walid Assad. "And this one is huge - the biggest ever found in Syria. It dates back to the fourth or fifth centuries after Jesus Christ."