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Basilica Foundations

Excavations along the south wall of the sixth century basilica reveal granite ashlars resting on bedrock.

A course of field stones was placed against the ashlars. This course is almost five feet below the present ground level.

2 comments to Basilica Foundations

  • Richard Saloom

    Father, Is the excavation being done for archeological purposes or for renovations/repairs? Your pictures and commentaries are so educational.

    • Father Justin

      We are laying new pipes to improve and extend the fire protection grid within the monastery. But we must understand what is beneath the walkway on either side of the basilica, and this gives archaeologists the opportunity to carry out excavations. We are also shoring up the foundations of the building opposite the church on the south side. The trench was only open a few days. It has now been filled in.

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