September 25, 2013

The Basilica at Dendera

The Basilica at Dendera
The ruins of this basilica are situated near the Birth-House of the temple of Hathor. It is built of sandstone. Some of the blocks from the Birth House were reused in its construction.

The Basilica at Dendera
This is one of the earliest Roman basilicas with a wide central aisle or nave, and two side aisles preceded by a narthex on the west, with lateral semi-circular apses at the end. It is large and roomy with decorated recesses.

The Basilica at Dendera
It is possible that this church marked the famous Christian centre of the fourth century for it was stated by St Jerome that somewhere in the neighbourhood of Dendera fifty thousand monks assembled to celebrate the Easter festival.

The Basilica at Dendera

The Basilica at Dendera

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