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Basilica B at Philippi

Despoina Skoulariki
Source: C.E.T.I.
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The Basilica B at Philippi is built on the north side of the Roman Agora and dates to the mid- 6th century AD.
It is a three-aisled Basilica with a dome and, regarding its architectural structure and decoration, it resembles the church of Aghia Sofia in Constantinople. It is an opulent edifice decorated with capitals, lintels and other architectural sculptures adorned with acanthus leaves.
The main nave was divided by six columns into three aisles and the dome that roofed the middle aisle rested on four pillars, while a second dome covered the Sanctuary. The side aisles were vaulted as well as the narthex that served as a place of worship after the collapse of the domes.
To date, the monumental semicircular gate and the wall that reaches an appreciable height between the main nave and the narthex are preserved as well as the two ancillary buildings to the north and south of the basilica.