Basilica A / Basilica of Aghios Dimitrios / Basilica of Doumetios; Mosaic floor in the north pastophorion
Abstract~In the Early Christian period Nikopolis became the center of new artistic and intellectual activity. Among the most important monuments from that era are four basilicas preserved within the Byzantine enceinte. Basilica A stands within the fortification walls, its main axis parallel with the south side of them. The building is a three-aisled basilica, with a tripartite, projecting transept, and a T-shaped plan. It has a narthex and a peristyle courtyard to the west. Work on the basilica was begun around 540-550 AD by Bishop Doumetios and it was completed by his successor (ca. 575 AD). A large part of the church is covered by mosaics. The north pastophorion is covered completely by a scene modeled on the Homeric geocentric view of the universe. The central motif is surrounded by a band of stylized waves, followed by a second band with circles containing birds, and a third band with a stylized rendering of the ocean, full of fish and fishermen. The entire depiction is enclosed by a narrow band of swastikas. An inscription fills the lower part of the central scene.
TypeArchitecture and City Planning
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