Central Church

   The church located on the south side of the Syria Street was attested via ground penetrating radar surveys. It is a north-south rectangular structure measuring 17x20.10 m. The church section was formed by modifying a Roman Imperial period structure. The church is bounded with a narthex and a fountain on the west. Each aisle is accessed via a separate doorway from the narthex; north and central doorways are in situ. The naos terminates in a bema and a semicircular apse on the east. The chambers flanking the apse were the pastophoria for preparations for the church rites. To the south of the church proper is a kitchen. The church proper and the rectangular rooms flanking it are paved with opus sectile. The walls were faced with marble on the lower parts and adorned with frescoes on the upper parts. Opus sectile flooring and marble facings were removed after the city was abandoned in the seventh century and today only the mortar bedding is visible.
       The work carried out here and coins uncovered have shown that part of a large structure was transformed into the Central Church in the end of the fourth – beginning of the fifth century.


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