The early church of Aqaba, Jordan
Aqaba Church is a historic 3rd-century church located in Jordan. It was unearthed in 1998 by a group of archaeologists. Its first phase was dated between 293 and 303, which makes it older than the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, both of which were built in the late 320s.
Its peripheral location within the Roman Empire is likely to have saved it from destruction during the Great Persecution that broke out just a few years after the church's construction.+
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