'Gate to Hell' discovered in Turkey
Updated On: Apr 03 2013 11:19:41 AM EDT
A group of Italian archaeologists have claimed to discover the mythical "Gate to Hell" in Turkey.
According to the Italian news agency ANSA, the team was working in the ancient Phrygian city of Hierapolis in southwestern Turkey when they located the Plutonium, or Pluto's Gate. This gate is famous for providing entryway to the underworld. Historic sources described the opening as filled with lethal mephitic vapors.
During a press conference, Francesco D'Andria, professor of classic archaeology at the University of Salento, announced that he found the gate as well as the remains of the temple, a pool used by pilgrims and a series of steps.
D'Andria said, “We could see the cave's lethal properties during the excavation. Several birds died as they tried to get close to the warm opening, instantly killed by the carbon dioxide fumes,” according to Discovery News.