Jordan Cave May Be World's First Church

Unearthed cavern could be oldest place of Christian worship
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2008 5:04 PM CDT
A Jordanian worker cleans a mosaic floor near the broken tombstones of early Christian graves in the cemetery of Saint Georgeous church in the northern Jordanian town of Rihab on June 10, 2008.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Archaeologists have found what might be the world’s oldest Christian church in Rihab, Jordan, the BBC reports. The cavern, located under the also-ancient church of St. Georgeous, dates to between 33 and 70 AD, and doubled as a home.

Artifacts and inscriptions like “70 beloved by God and the divine" above a cistern have given researchers reason to believe the site was occupied by a community of 70 early Christians hiding from Roman persecution.