Archaeologists discovered ruins of an ancient temple in the Eski-Kermen settlement.
Deputy Director of the Institute of Archeology of Crimea Elzar Hairedinova said this at a press conference today, KIA News reports.
Archaeologists discovered ruins of an ancient temple near the northern gate - that is a narrow gorge through which the ancient inhabitants climbed the plateau.
"We discovered it suddenly. The remains of the apse are well preserved, the altar is preserved. Crosses are carved on the pillar that supported this altar, and recesses for relics are visible. Of course, the relics themselves were not preserved, but the holes punched in the stone were preserved. Now we can look at the history of the city differently... and to say that at first, when the fortress was built on the plateau, which later grew into a city, temples were also built at the same time: one in the center, which is well-known, is a large basilica, and the other one was opened this year," Hayredinova said.