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A view down the length of the East Hall—looking north.

Notice the cut stone floor, the marble paneling on the walls, and the raised platform of the apse on the north end.

The excavator believes that originally this was either the dining room of the house or a designated space for women and that it was later converted into a space for Christians to gather—thus "a Church."

The evidence for this being a "Church" seems to be based upon the findings of a Christogram and "the eyes of God" found in the "narthex" of this structure.  (From a sign at the site).

The "Peristyle House with Church" is located south of the Large/North Theater;  It seems to have been constructed in the 3rd-century AD and was destroyed in the earthquake during the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Focas (AD 602-610).