|A Byzantine church ruin in Athrun in Libya similar to one that |
will feature at the Ashmolean exhibition
The 'Ikea-style' church, which dates to around 550 AD, will be put on display at the Ashmolean Museum
(UK Independent) - Centuries before the Swedes started flat-packing their furniture, the Holy Roman Emperor Justinian had his own version, sending self-assembly churches to newly conquered parts of his empire.
Now one of the “Ikea-style” churches, which spent more than 1,000 years on a seabed after the ship carrying it sank, is to be reconstructed for the first time in Oxford.
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