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Excavating the basilicas
Excavating the basilicas

Author(s): Grzegorz Majcherek
Subject(s): Archaeology
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: Palmyra; Late Antiquity; Christianity; basilica; Syrian bema

Summary/Abstract: Like other Late Antique towns Palmyra went through a gradual Christianization of the cityscape. The process is best illustrated by the growing number of churches that have been surveyed and excavated throughout the city. The latest fieldwork by the Polish expedition in Palmyra focused on excavating a large basilical church located north of the previously unearthed episcopal complex. The most unusual feature uncovered in this church is the so-called Syrian bema, situated in the middle of the nave. This is the first time that this liturgical installation has been evidenced in central Syria.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: XII
  • Page Range: 251-268
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: English