Red Basilica (Temple of Serapis), Bergama

The Kizil Avlu (Red Basilica or Red Hall) of Bergama is one impressive pile of red brick.

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History of Red Basilica (Temple of Serapis)

The massive structure was built in the early 2nd century (under Hadrian) as a temple to the popular Egyptian god Serapis. It was later (4th-5th centuries) converted into a Byzantine church.

The Red Basilica was destroyed in the Arab raids of 716 to 717 AD, after which a smaller church was built within the ruins.

What to See at Red Basilica (Temple of Serapis)

Today, the still-enormous Red Basilica straddles the Selinus River (Bergama Cayi), whose two subterranean galleries provide a canal for the water to pass.

The interior of the basilica consisted of three aisles divided by two rows of columns. The central aisle ended in a semi-circular apse, under which was a crypt. Above the lateral aisles were galleries.

A small mosque now makes its home in one of the towers.

Quick Facts on Red Basilica (Temple of Serapis)

Site Information
Names:Red Basilica (Temple of Serapis)
Country:Turkey
Categories:temples; change of religion; ruins
Dedication: Serapis
Dates:2nd C
Status: ruins
Visitor and Contact Information
Coordinates:39.123152° N, 27.181195° E
Address:Bergama, Turkey
Lodging:View hotels near Red Basilica (Temple of Serapis)
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References

  1. Frommer's Turkey, 3rd. ed.
  2. Red Basilica - PlanetWare

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