6th century Byzantine building found in Acre

Israeli archaeologists have discovered the remains of a 6th century Byzantine public building in the ancient town of Akko (Acre). The discovery is the first physical evidence found of the Christian Bishop of Akko.

The building is also the first Byzantine structure found in Akko. "This is an important discovery for the study of Akko because until now no remains dating to the Byzantine period have been found, save those of a residential quarter situated near the sea,” said Nurit Feig, director of the excavation on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).