Turkish Inscription Found at Byzantine Basilica in Heraklion, Crete



An Ottoman Turkish inscription has been found written on a marble plaque at the Agios Markos Basilica in Heraklion, Crete, misplaced inside a warehouse.

The plaque is important because it is directly related to the history of the Byzantine Basilica of Agios Markos, which is undergoing restoration works.

The inscription in Arabic script includes thanks to Deftedar Pasha, who had been responsible for the restoration of the then mosque after its destruction by an earthquake, and dates back to 1811-12.

Municipality of Heraklion experts are working on fully translating the inscription, in cooperation with the archaeological service.

(Source: AMNA)