Garo Nalbandian

The restored basilica, centerpiece of a large monastery compound, stands at the foot of the hill associated with the “swine miracle.” Constructed in the late fifth or early sixth century, the exceptionally well-built structure covers more than 12,000 square feet. The basilica terminates in an apse on its eastern side, at left. Rows of columns, with two restored arches, separate the central nave from two side-aisles. The side room in the foreground contains a restored oil-press (partially visible at the room’s left end), which excavators found there. The production of olive oil probably provided income for the monastery.