Last Updated: Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:08 pm (KSA) 09:08 am (GMT)

Jordan unearths 'world’s first church'

Evidence suggest the church sheltered the early Christians (File)
Evidence suggest the church sheltered the early Christians (File)

Archaeologists in Jordan have unearthed what they claim is the world's first church, dating back almost 2,000 years, The Jordan Times reported on Tuesday.

"We have uncovered what we believe to be the first church in the world, dating from 33 AD to 70 AD," the head of Jordan's Rihab Centre for Archaeological Studies, Abdul Qader Hussan, was quoted as saying.

He said it was uncovered under Saint Georgeous Church, which itself dates back to 230 AD, in Rihab in northern Jordan near the Syrian border.

"We have evidence to believe this church sheltered the early Christians: the 70 disciples of Jesus Christ," Hussan added.

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