Courtesy of W. Harold Mare

Twenty-six columns stand in a sixth-century cruciform church at Abila of the Decapolis. Excavators found an inscription indicating that this was the cathedral church of the Abila Bishop, who resided there in the year 568. The site also includes remains that date as far back as the Bronze and Iron Ages (3200 to 586 B.C.). Some identify Abila as Abel-beth-maacah, which is mentioned several times in the Hebrew Bible.