Aqaba Church

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Archaeological Church of Aqaba

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Aqaba Church or the Archaeological Church of Aqaba is the ruins of a 3rd-century church known to be the oldest purpose-built church in the world. It is older than the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, built in the late 320s.

This mud-brick structure used to be a large building with three-aisled basilicas, but most of it is now in ruins. What remains is only walls measuring up to 4.5m. The ruins of a stairway indicate it had a second storey as well. Archaeologists unearthed coins, glass-made oil lamps, and pottery fragments, a few of which are displayed at the Aqaba Archaeological Museum. There is also a cemetery next to the church with around 24 skeletons.

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