Ειδήσεις εκ ΘεσπρωτίαςPart of : Αρχαιολογικά ανάλεκτα εξ Αθηνών ; Vol.II, No.1, 1969, pages 43-47
News from Thesprotia
Near the village Plakoti there is a church of small dimensions (7.80X 5.70 m.) to honour the memory of the Transfiguration of Christ.The church (f i g. 1) covered outside with a thick plaster, belongs to the free cross type, having a six sided dome, an architectural type which is rather rare in continental Greece. The shape of the building had been changed during Turkish rule by the addition of a narthex and two departments one on each side of the West part of the cross. The outside semicircular apse of the bema, must also belong to the same period. In the inside, under new coatings are some very interesting wall - paintings (fig. 2), which may be dated to the thirteenth century. Four klm. NW of the town Paramythia, at the site Limboni or Lambovithra is the ancient town of Photiki. Beginning as a Roman town it had developed later to an important Christian centre. What has been discovered so far belongs to the Roman period. During our last visit to the site of ancient Photiki, we noticed, besides the others, the ruins of an early Christian basilica at Palioclisi (fig. 3) and the ruins of a Byzantine church at Valsamari (fig 5).I. It is a basilica with three apses ending in a semicircular apse on the East. It is about 20 m. long including the apse and 14 m. wide. The apse is 4.5 m. above the ground, while the other walls are only 2 m. high.The masonry is-of rough stones among which there is an irregular row of bricks 3 – 4 cm. thick.From the basilica a Corinthian capital has been found (fig. 4).II. The ruins of Valsamari belong to a Byzantine church which has a rectangular plan (13.70 X 12.30 m.) (fig. 5).The walls extant to a height of about 2.5 m., are built of flat stones in horizontal rows with single rows of bricks 3 cm. thick inserted between. The perpendicular joints are completed by small successively placed pieces of brick.