Constantine Basilica

After the Amphitheater, we caught the bus again and got off at the Basilica built by Emperor Constantine before he went off to establish his new seat of government at Constantinopole in Turkey in the 4th century, A.D.

The Roman basilicas were essentially public forums where the rulers officiated. This basilica is the largest unsupported roof structure of its kind in Europe, north of the Alps.

Those squares on the ceiling are 10 feet by 10 feet.

Here’s what the building looks like from the outside. The outer walls are mostly original, although the windows and the roof and ceiling are not; the building was restored in the 1800s and again after WWII.

It’s hard to imagine that this structure was built about 1600 years ago!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s