Basilica of Saint Michael

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Bazilika e Shën Mehillit
Native name
Albanian: Bazilika e Shën Mëhillit
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Basilica of Saint Michael
Location Arapaj, Durrës County
Coordinates 41°18′05″N 19°30′20″E / 41.30137°N 19.50568°E / 41.30137; 19.50568Coordinates: 41°18′05″N 19°30′20″E / 41.30137°N 19.50568°E / 41.30137; 19.50568
Built 5th-6th centuries AD
Basilica of Saint Michael is located in Albania
Basilica of Saint Michael
Location of Bazilika e Shën Mehillit in Albania
Basilica of Saint Michael

The Basilica of Saint Michael (Albanian: Bazilika e Shën Mëhillit) is a former basilica dedicated to Saint Michael, located in Arapaj, Durrës. Its ruins have been declared a Cultural Monument of Albania.[1] The Basilica of Saint Michael is an early Palaeo-Christian church which is believed to date to the 5th or 6th century.[2][3] A mosaic unearthed in the basilica also demonstrates how engrained its culture later was with the early Byzantine Empire.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Religious buildings with the "Culture Monument" status". Republic of Albania National Committee for Cult. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved October 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ Albania today, 1981, p.46
  3. ^ "Shen Mehill Arapaj Basilica - holiday Albania". Tixik.com. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  4. ^ Winnifrith, Tom (1991). Perspectives on Albania. Warwick studies in the European humanities. Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-51282-0.