Dr. Brendan McGuire, a history professor at Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., “solved an age-old archeological problem” and revealed important information about an ancient Christian church at a prestigious symposium earlier this year, reports the College.
McGuire’s study asserts that, during the Byzantine era, the famous Rose Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, was, in fact, an early Christian church: the Church of St. Theodosia. The research also identifies a set of previously unknown Byzantine ruins as remnants of the Monastery of Christ the Benefactor.
McGuire “stumbled” upon the ruins in March 2013 while conducting an archaeological field study of Byzantine era churches in Istanbul, reports the College.
In June, he shared his paper titled “The True Identity of the Rose Mosque: Results of an Archeological Field Study” at the international Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University, where it was reportedly well received. The conference included presentations by prominent academics from around the world.
According to Christendom, McGuire’s paper is presently being revised to be submitted to a peer reviewed journal. In the future he hopes to “contribute to abetter scholarly understanding” of the impact of the Ottoman Empire on the “religious life of Constantinople, now Istanbul.”
Christendom College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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