In the ancient / late antique coastal city of Soloi (Nicosia district), an episcopal see through the middle Byzantine period [Papacostas (1995) Gazetteer 14].
Description: The (excavated) large late 5th / early 6th-century three-aisled timber roofed column basilica (built over a five-aisled mid-4th century basilica) was refurbished by Bishop John after damage by fire during the mid-7th century Arab raids. The extent of damage and therefore the scale of the subsequent restoration remain both uncertain; it was perhaps limited to the timber roof [Papacostas (1995) Gazetteer 14.d].
Dating: The damaged basilica was restored in 654/55, according to the inscription excavated in the atrium in 1974 [Papacostas (1995) Gazetteer 14.d].
Later additions / alterations: The church was destroyed again, possibly by fire, and it was abandoned by the 10th century [9th-century plates and 10th-century burnt amphorae excavated in the destruction layers: Hayes (1980b) 379-80; des Gagniers and Tinh (1985) 98 and 112]. A small chapel was possibly erected later over the ruins [BCH 93 (1969) 555].
Views : des Gagniers and Tinh (1985) figs. 117-120 [inscriptions].