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Israel’s Antiquities Authority said that a 1500-year-old church has been discovered on 10 June, on the road connecting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The ancient road station and church, uncovered during a highway construction project, sit next to a seep spring called ‘Ain Naqa’a, near a settlement in Jerusalem. “This road station ceased to be used at the end of the Byzantine period, although the road beside which it was built was renewed by Romans and in use until modern times.” The newly excavated church had tesserae flooring measuring about 52 feet long, with a side chapel 21×11 ft. and a baptismal font in its northeast corner. Various artefacts at the site – such as oil lamps, coins, special glass vessels – indicate the site was used for many activities.