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Early Christian Basilica of Palaiopolis

The early Christian Basilica (5th century) of Paleopolis is one of the most important monuments in the area. Although only ruins of it survive, it is quite an impressive monument. The temple was built in the centre of the Roman market of Corfu and very close to the port. It is a five-aisled wooden-roofed basilica with a transverse aisle, a double narthex, a patio, extensions and a rich sculpture and mosaic decoration; in other words, it was a very imposing complex in its heyday. In the medieval years it experienced many destructions by the invaders of the island and was rebuilt in the 11th century, while in the 15th century it became the catholic of a large monastic complex. The temple was bombed during World War II.

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