|Report of the excavations of 1889 Basilica. Basilica within a Basilica|
S. G. Ryzhov
Supplementary investigation of 1889 Basilica (its other name is Basilica within a Basilica) and restoration of its mosaic floors has clarified the chronology of the mosaics and of the church building. Original basilica was built in the late fifth and early sixth century, its mosaic floors were constructed in the same period; in spite of some differences in technology, the floors have common artistic composition, typical to the Early Middle Ages. The mosaic floor declined with the basilica itself in the sixth century, and if they were used in te tenth century basilica, that were built in this area, not all the mosaics were used, but only a part of them, which was located in the north-east area of the south and north aisles. Excavations to the north of 1889 Basilica have uncovered architectural compltion of the church in this corner, have discovered the date when the whole complex perished int he thirteenth century, and allow the one to reconstruct architectural planning of this quarter.
NPTC archive. File 1640_1