A hidden Byzantine church and a holy spring were recently discovered at an excavation site in the Sultanahmet District of Istanbul.
The site is located on Amiral Tadfil Street in the very heart of the ancient city of Constantinople, lying beneath a building belonging to a former tourist agency known as “Kirkit Voyage.” Workers from the Istanbul Archaeological Museum excavated the area from 1997 to 1998.
The treasures found there include a beautiful floor mosaic and a small subterranean chamber with a niche, with both split apart into two different sectors – one on top of the other.
The upper section, which is one floor below the current street level, contains the floor mosaic as well as the ruins of an unknown structure. The site is estimated to date back to the 5th or 6th century, and was located very possibly near the vicinity of the Great Palace of Constantinople.