A PLACE OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP. The prayer hall was discovered in the northwestern part of Area Q at the maximum security Megiddo prison and measures 16 by 32 feet. It was situated in a larger structure that was more than 6,000 square feet, had a central courtyard and was surrounded by side rooms and hallways.

Archaeological finds at the site, such as bread stamps and weapons, led archaeologist Yotam Tepper to the conclusion that the compound was the living quarters and administrative center of the Roman legionnaires stationed there.

The prayer hall was located at the southwest corner of the compound and was entered through a single entrance on its eastern side. Pilasters found against the wall most likely served as the base for an arch supporting a vaulted ceiling. Beautiful well-preserved mosaics with dedicatory inscriptions in Greek adorned the floor.