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Laodikeia March 2011 4755.jpg
16-MAR-2011

Laodikeia March 2011 4755.jpg

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We are at the Syria street. In my back is the Syria Gate which I did, well, overlook.

The 900 meters long main street stretching from the city centre to the Syria Gate in the east is called the Syra Street. The 400 meter long stretch from the Caralla Fountain to the East Byzantin Gate has been unearthed and restored. The excavations made clear construction phases related with the 464 AD earthquake and on until the abandonment of the city. A sewage canal runs under the middle of the street which is flanked with colonnades rising on a single or a two-step platform with shops behind. The street was first built in the Hellenistic Period and the rebuilt in the Doric order during the reign of Domitian (81-96 AD), and following earthquakes. The street stayed in use until the early 7th century when the city was abandoned. Reconstruction works recreates how it looked in the 6th century, using bases, capitals and columns found in situ. This Eraly Byzantine period street was built on a system of alternating two columns and one pier. The street is repaved with reused marble architectural elements and the statues served as lid-stones for the sewage canal. The porticos flanking the street had a lean-to rook and remains of opus sectile pavement and very little amount ofmosaic pavement have been uncovered. On the porticos, by the doorways to the shops are seats created by various reused architectural elements like architraves, bases of capitals some of which were incised with various game board designs. [] Next to the House A is an arched tetrapylon allowing access in four directions with a cross motif in low relief on its capital. Some columns and piers were left lying to give visitors a sense of the 7th century earthquake.

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