Monday, August 08, 2011

Oldest Hungarian medieval church thought to have been found in Romania

Recently excavated ruins in Alba Iulia, Romania, may be those of the oldest Christian church in early medieval Hungary, Romania's Hungarian-language daily Szabadsag reported.

The ruins, discovered by local archaeologists and unearthed during the past few months, follow Byzantine patterns and are believed to have been constructed around or before 1000 AD.

Archaeologist Daniela Marcu Istrate told the paper that the church could have been commissioned by Saint Stephen I, Hungary's first Christian king (1000-1038), or Gyula, his maternal grandfather, the lord of Transylvania.

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