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Early Christian Basilica of Shën Mëhill

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Early Christian Basilica of Shën Mëhill (Saint Michael) in Arapaj.The ruins of the St. Michael Basilica (Bazilika e Shën Mëhillit) were discovered during an archaeological expedition in 1974 CE, which took place 6 kmaway from the modern city of Durrës. The church is notable for its architectural style, which features three naves, an atrium on the west side and an impressive mosaic covering a surface area of 54 m2. The mosaic is almost intact and survives in a surprisingly good condition. Not far from the area, some sculptural objects dating back to the 5th - 6th centuries CE were also discovered. Many unearthed coins found around the area indicate that the settlement was in use from the 5th - 14th centuries CE. In 1081 CE, the Byzantine soldiers fleeing from the Norman invasion sought refuge in the church, and it was thus later burned to the ground by the invaders.

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