Octagonal church, Umm Qais, Irbid, Jordan. This Byzantine basilical church was built in the early 6th century using Roman basalt columns. It is next to the West Theatre on the Byzantine basilica terrace, and was a square church with an octagonal interior and a rectangular atrium or colonnaded courtyard. It has a fine opus sectile floor. The site was founded in the 4th century BC as Gadara, a Hellenistic town, which was developed by the Romans and later by Christians from the 4th century. It was destroyed by earthquakes in the 8th century and the ruins discovered in 1806. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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Octagonal church, Umm Qais, Irbid, Jordan. This Byzantine basilical church was built in the early 6th century using Roman basalt columns. It is next to the West Theatre on the Byzantine basilica terrace, and was a square church with an octagonal interior and a rectangular atrium or colonnaded courtyard. It has a fine opus sectile floor. The site was founded in the 4th century BC as Gadara, a Hellenistic town, which was developed by the Romans and later by Christians from the 4th century. It...
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