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View looking northwest at the east side of the Byzantine Basilica Church at Laodicea.  The road in the foreground is a "north-south" street that borders the church on the east.

Attached to the east wall is a white marble basin, that has a small basin attached to it on the right.  This was a fountain for use of passerbys.  Note that overflow pipes led out from this at street level—they are covered by a modern wooden protective covering.

To the left of the white marble basin is a doorway that leads into a "kitchen" that is associated with the church.  Inside of this there is a doorway that leads from the kitchen into one of the side rooms of the church (one of the pastophoria).

Please note that when the church was excavated in 2010, the walls of the church were not standing as they now are.  These, and other parts of the church, have been rebuilt using materials found during the excavation—a process called anastylosis.

This church is located in the northeast section of the city.  According to a sign at the site (= excavator's view?), it was built during the reign of the Roman Emperor Constantine (d. AD 337).  It was destroyed by an earthquake during the reign of Focas (r. AD 602-610).