Great Basilica

Sarandë, Albania

The so-called Great Basilica was the principal church in late antique Butrint and sections of a 6th century mosaic floor are still preserved. The church was erected on the site of a cistern belonging to the Roman city’s aqueduct and is over 30m long. It followed the characteristic plan and architectural devices prevalent throughout Epirus, employing a central nave flanked by aisles that were screened from the nave by closed colonnades.

At the east end was a tripartite transept and a central pentagonal apse. Remains of the mosaic pavement include trailing ivy tendrils and scrolling guilloche that are also found in the Baptistery, indicating that these two religious monuments are broadly contemporary. The devices are characteristic of mosaicists working in Nikopolis in northwestern Greece. Some time later, most likely in the 13th century when Butrint began to boom once more, the Great Basilica was extensively rebuilt and effectively became Butrint’s cathedral.

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Butrint, Sarandë, Albania
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Founded: 6th century AD
Category: Religious sites in Albania

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c redeis (8 months ago)
Great basilica, would be nice to have a little bit more Informations
Ingrid (9 months ago)
Amazing don't miss it! We spend 2 hrs walking around the place & this was one of the best preserved. Don't miss the mosaic in the middle part in the corner!
Tony Heynen (9 months ago)
Well preserved part of the site
Brunilda Bardhi M.D “VenusDerm” Dermatology & Laser Clinic (10 months ago)
Julius Cesars designation of Butrint as a Roman colony in the 1-st century BC led to dramatic changes in the city’s infrastructure.
Τερρε Σριυαμα (5 years ago)
The church is well preserve, easy to picturing what it was like during the ancient time...
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