After G. M. Fitzgerald

Round Church at Beth-Shean

Not commemorative, despite its centric plan (usually used for churches that commemorate a holy site), the round church at Beth-Shean may have simply embodied the architect’s creative preference. Probably dating to the sixth century, the church contained a circular stylobate, a continuous base supporting a row of columns. The now-fallen columns on this stylobate once supported the roof.