Early Christian basilica in Ubli (archaeological excavation)

Starokršćanska bazilika u Ublima (arheološka iskopina)

Early Christian basilica in Ubli (archaeological excavation)


The basilica is 17 meters long and 6.75 meters wide, oriented in east-west direction. Built of rough stone and plastered, it had a semicircular apse externally reinforced with counterforts. A painted stone bench decorated the interior along the wall. The sacred site was enclosed by thin marble slabs that were kept in place by thin stone pillars, with only the fragments of these pillars remaining. A shallow relief with a triangular ending was found among stone remains of the entry door, and it is currently kept in the Archaeological Museum in the city of Zadar.
Remains of a chequered marble window grille have been found as well, and the construction style points to the conclusion that the basilica was built in the 6th century. What is interesting about this site is that the entrance to the basilica was placed laterally, and it was accessed from the narthex – a vestibule with a porch on six columns. A built tomb was found in its western corner. On the southern side, the basilica had four rooms. The central rooms were used for religious rites, and the lateral rooms contained sarcophagi and graves cut into the rock, found during the exploration. The remains of the basilica were conserved in the period from 1978 until 1981.