The tunnels used to escape the Romans remained hidden from ISIS
In 2014, archaeologists discovered a system of tunnels that are believed to have been a “secret church,” where early Christians could worship and escape Roman persecution, in Syria. Daily Mail reports the tunnels contained escape routes, hidden doors, Greek inscriptions, and a makeshift altar. Unfortunately, shortly after this remarkable find, ISIS rose to power and occupied the region, cutting off access to the area until now.
In a near miraculous turn of events, just as the Romans could not find the entrance to this elaborate network of tunnels, ISIS completely overlooked the ancient gate that leads deep underground. Had the Islamic State found the site, it would have likely been destroyed.