Modified from C. H. Kraeling, Gerasa: City of the Decapolis

John the Baptist Church at Gerasa

An eccentric hybrid: Outwardly a rectangle, the John the Baptist church complex in Gerasa, in modern Jordan, contained in its center a square church with a round, niched interior. A basilica chapel was attached to each side. The left chapel was dedicated to St. George and the right one to St. Cosmas and St. Damianus. Despite the centric plan of the church interior, which was covered with a dome, this was not a commemorative church. It dates to the first half of the sixth century.