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Photo of Paestum Byzantine Church

South Aisle

Paestum was Christianized by the 5th century and became the seat of a bishop. Its modestly-sized cathedral was built shortly thereafter, incorporating ancient stones and columns from the ruined city. Paestum was abandoned by the 9th century due to malaria and invaders, with a new settlement (Capaccio) established on higher ground a few kilometers away. The church was restored in the 18th and 20th centuries and is in active use today.

Photo © Holly Hayes.

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