Bulgarian archeologists have opened an episcopal residence from V century near Targovishte. The discovery is considered to be one of the largest in 2018 and is part of the ancient medieval town of Misionis, the BNT reported.
The residence is north of the large basilica in the interior of the fortress, studied by Dimitar Ovcharov, who began investigating the site in the 60s of the last century. This is a spacious building that has been erected on at least 2 floors. From there, the bishops of Misiones on a special staircase could enter directly into the sacred premises of the cathedral.
This year, the excavations of Missions were entirely concentrated in the interior of the main fortress. As it is known, it was erected in the V-VI c. The fortification walls of the Early Byzantine era are well preserved in some places and reach a height of up to 3.5-4 m. In these areas, the culture layers are thick up to 5-6 m. they find numerous finds dating back to XIV century.
Archaeologists are particularly interested in the Christian history of the ancient city and the archaeologists’ study of Missions with one of the greatest Christian saints, the apostle Andrew the Princes. It is no coincidence that 3 great early Christian basilicas have been found here. A monument unique to the entire Christian civilization was also found: built on one of the basilicas of the Baptistery, where the elderly pagans accepted the orthodox faith preached by the apostle Andrew.