Hollow Church

Split, Croatia

Hollow Church

Hollow Church (Croatian: Šuplja crkva) is a name given to a part of the archeological excavations of what used to be a Croatian romanesque Roman Catholic church in the 11th century. Originally named Basillica of Saint Peter and Moses, the building was built on the foundations of an older Christian church next to a 6th-century Byzantine chapel in the vicinity of the ancient ruins of Salona.43°32′32.12″N 16°29′31.07″E

The church is notable for being the crowning place of King Zvonimir, and along the lines of buildings like Saint Stephen and Saint Mary in Solin, is one of the remains of churches built by the Croats in the 11th century. It had three apses; 26 meters long and 13 meters in width, each separated by a column. The narthex was positioned on the western entrance, while the southern side obtained a steeple, from which only few steps still remain. The narthex allegedly contained a sarcophagus quite possibly of a Croatian king.

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