BASILICA ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES

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1. Galleries

The airy catwalks over the body of the basilica reflect the eastern tradition of segregation in worship, as they were exclusively for women. They are closed to visitors.

2. Stone Wall-Slabs

Brick-faced until the 1100s, the walls of the basilica were then covered with stone slabs from the East, sliced lengthways to produce a kaleidoscopic effect.

3. Romanesque Stone Carvings

The exquisite semicircular stone carvings over the central doorway were executed between 1235 and 1265 and still bear traces of their original colouring.

4. The “Victory Bringer”

This revered Byzantine icon is given ...

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