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Early Christian Basilica of Glyfada

Mainly the foundations of this Early Christian Basilica have been preserved.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1930 It was excavated by Anastasios Orlandos.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

    Its second building phase.

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

    The original church was built in the late 5th to early 6th century AD. The next phase is of the 11th century.

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

This Byzantine Christian church had three aisles, a narthex and its dimensions are 15.75 x 17.5m. It is not known to whom it was dedicated. The aisles were separated by colonnades and there was a straight marble barrier at the eastern end of the central aisle, which bounded the vaulted sanctuary. Remains of the marble cladding are preserved and so is the case with parts of the church’s floor that consisted of white and blue slabs, whose placement formed geometric shapes.

What I can't see

The columns that separated the aisles were white and blue and their capitals were of Ionic order. The church had two later building phases. The first phase was also within the Byzantine period. From a three-aisled basilica however, it became a single-aisle basilica, and the colonnades became part of the outer walls of the new smaller church. The second phase was during the Ottoman period, where the church shrank even more. On the south side of the site, Christian graves were found, but their exact dating is impossible.


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Orlandos A., (1930), Η παλαιοχριστιανική βασιλική της Γλυφάδας, [The early Christian basilica of Glyfada] Digital Library of the Academy of Athens

Last visit 5/11/2023