Vestiges of the church of Agia Aikaterini (St. Catherine)

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Having been located next to St. Catherine’s Hostel, this church was destroyed as of the air raids in World War II. Excavations on the site revealed the remains of a 5th century BC, early Christian, three-nave basilica which had, through more than one restorations, additions and interventions, preserved the function of the premises as a site of worship, all the way through to the end of the Knightly era.
It might just as well be one of the very few exceptions of Christian churches that were spared the conversion to Muslim mosques under the Ottoman rule. As for the name “St. Catherine’s”, this is an hypothesis based on historic sources reporting the existence of a church dedicated to St. Catherine next to the homonymous hostel commissioned by the Knight Domenico d’Alemagna.


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