Early Christian Small Basilica 

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Early Christian Small Basilica  in Plovdiv is an early Christian church from around the 5th century AD and one of Plovdiv's most distinctive landmarks.

Found accidentally during the construction of a building in 1988, the Small Basilica is a great example of Roman Philippopolis past. You can take a look at the skills of ancient mosaic masters - well preserved rich architectural decorations full of Christian symbols (deer, pigeons, and others).

The little basilica is three-nave. There is an apse and a narthex. A small chapel is built from the south, and a baptistery is attached to the northern ship. The total length of the basilica, along with the apse, is 20 meters and the width is 13 meters.

The temple was rich in architectural decoration - a marble colonnade between ships, a marble altar, a pulpit and a sultron. The floors have a rich multicoloured mosaic with geometric motifs. They were covered with intricate compositions of triangles, circles and diamonds; of vases and garlands; of swastika-shaped meanders; from rosettes that symbolized Heaven and Christ's blood, and from Solomon's knots, which symbolized the power of true faith.

It is believed that the mosaics were among the best made by the Masters of the Philipopolitan School.

Why visit?

Pay attention to the symbols in the mosaics: the stag (depicting the soul of the Christian), the dove (depicting the Holy Spirit) and the Solomon's Knot (symbolizing eternity and faith)

One of the stones in the baptistery is believed to be precious

The colours of the mosaics are not artificial, each piece has its original colour

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