Basilica "of enormous importance" excavated on Cyprus

Archaeologists from the Cyprus Antiquities Department have unearthed the remains of a 7th century basilica the size of Westminster Abbey near the Royal Air Force Station of Akrotiri on Cyprus. Experts believe that the huge church was only used for 30 years.

The excavation, in its sixth year, has already excavated "an incredible wealth of stunning mosaics – now protected with special gravel – marble, gold leaf trimmings, bronze and statues." The basilica is believed to have been a holding place for relics brought from the Holy Land, and was a building of "enormous importance."