Lake Basilica in Nicaea

The remains of a Late Antique basilica were discovered in 2014 in the lake about 20 meters from the shore of modern İznik (ancient Nicaea). It had a narthex and an atrium and was flanked by two rooms, one of which contains a sarcophagus. The basilica, which is surrounded by graves, has tentatively been identified with achurch for St. Neophytus of Nicaea. It was possibly destroyed either in the earthquake of 740 or 1065.


Nicaea: A Byzantine Capital and Its Praises by Clive Foss

The Archaeology of Byzantine Anatolia: From the End of Late Antiquity until the Coming of the Turks edited by P. Niewohner

Byzantine Architecture by Cyril Mango

Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture by ​Richard Krautheimer 

Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium edited by Alexander Kazhdan


Nicaea Album (Byzantine Legacy Flickr)

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