Scientists Discover Russia’s Oldest Temple

PHOTO by Alexander Shcherbak / TASS

An ancient Phanagoria dig in the Temryuk region of Krasnodar has uncovered Russia’s oldest temple, TASS reported.

The exact age of the ancient shrine has not been yet determined, but the remnants were found buried beneath another temple, dated fifth century B.C., meaning it most likely predates this period.

The building was made out of raw brick with no foundation, similar to the majority of ancient phanagorian structures. The temple’s area is estimated to have been 14.5 square metres, split between naos, the central part, and proanos, the section leading to the entrance.

Phanagoria is an ancient greek colony, founded in sixth century B.C. on the Taman peninsula, Kransodar region.