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View looking east at one of the two west-entrances to the Byzantine Basilica Church at Laodicea.  The road on the left is a main street that leads from the Syrian Street (the main street of the city) to the North Theater.  The line of paving stones on the street covers a drainage system under it.

Please note that when the church was excavated in 2010, the walls and doorways 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 build 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).

The church complex measures 150 x 125 feet and is bounded on all four sides by streets—thus it takes up one whole insula (city block) of Laodicea.  The orientation of the church is to the southeast with two entrances (one visible in picture) on the northwest side of the structure.