Early Byzantine basilica, baptismal fonts found at Byala fortress
|The foundations of what is believed to have been an early Byzantine basilica have been uncovered at the fortress near Byala [Credit: BGNES]|
Also found near the basilica site were the foundations of accommodation, believed to have been the housing of a local bishop. Other discoveries included a spring believed to have been used as a source for holy water, a winery, bath and a kiln for ceramics.
|Early Byzantine baptismal font at Byala [Sophia Globe]|
Two of the fonts are cross-shaped. The report said that scholars believed that in the fifth to sixth centuries, practices in Christianity varied and changes in rituals explain the presence of the third font.
Archaeologists said that the discoveries change perceptions of early Christian architecture not only in Bulgaria but in the entire Byzantine world.
Source: Sofia Globe [September 27, 2012]