A Turkish inscription has been found at the Agios Markos Basilica in Heraklion, Crete, carved on a marble plaque. The inscription was “hidden” behind a storeroom.

The find, which came to light during recent restoration works at the monument, is an important evidence directly related to the history of the Agios Markos Basilica. The Turkish inscription includes thanks to Deftedar Pasha, who initiated the restoration of the then mosque after it had been destroyed by an earthquake. It dates back to 1811-12 (Hijri year 1226).

The Heraklion Municipality has translated the text in cooperation with the responsible Archaeological Service and will soon proceed to its enhancement.