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Archaeologists in southwestern Turkey have found what they describe as no less than a “gate to hell.”

The ancient site, known as Pluto’s Gate,  was said to emit vapors so perilous that they could kill on contact. It was discovered by Francesco D’Andria and his archaeology team.

How the site may have looked in ancient times (Francesco D’Andria)

“This space is full of a vapor so misty and dense that one can scarcely see the ground. Any animal that passes inside meets instant death,” the ancient Greek Strabo  wrote, according to Discovery News.  “I threw in sparrows and they immediately breathed their last and fell.”

The site was central in Greco-Roman mythology, and was one of the last holdouts of the Pagan world, “obliterated by Christians,” Discovery reports.

Read more at DISCOVERY NEWS.

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