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Gaza opens 1,700-year-old Byzantine church to public

The Byzantine Church dating back to the fifth century in Jabaliya in northern Gaza was renovated and restored into a public museum by the Hamas-run Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, in a bid to revive domestic tourism.
People attend the inauguration of Mukheitim archaeological site, which houses the remnants of a Byzantine church, Jabaliya, in the northern Gaza Strip, Jan. 24, 2022.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in the Gaza Strip inaugurated Jan. 24 the Byzantine Church as a public museum. The ancient church, which is located in the Jabaliya refugee camp in the north of the enclave, dates back to the fifth century.

The ministry worked with several international partners on reconstructing and renovating the church established about 1,700 years ago, in an attempt to revitalize domestic tourism.

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