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02. 02. 2016 @ Antonija Eremut

Early Christian basilica Doci, Vitina

Category: cultural heritage GPS: LAT: 43.2565837815134 / LONG 17.46846469111

On the finding in Doci in Gornja Vitina in 1956 D. Sergejevski explored the remains of the Early Christian church with the dimensions 13,10 x 11,37 m, in the direction east-west. The church consisted of naos with apse and side rooms from the southern or northern side. In the southern part there was revealed a twofold vaulted tomb, and in the central part of the church there are the remains of the basis of the altar. The preserved walls are of an approximate size of half meter. They were constructed with the local limestone, with the mortar, but without the elaboration of the stone. According to the research from 2015 in the northern room there was found the baptismal font, a tomb in the central room and two tombs from the period of Late Antiquity on the southern part. The central tomb has the entrance architecture performed with the opus mixtum technique, the use of which had started at the end of the imperial period, and it was based on alternating the use of brick and stone blocks. There was also found an impost capital with the motif of the cross and a peacock, which can be classified, due to its characteristics, as a product of the Narona workshops from the 5th -6th century.  

Around 500 meters in the direction of west from the church in Doci, on the position that at that period used to be called Boraci, today Šipkova glavica, at the end of the 19th century C. Truhelka revealed a little single-nave church (oratory) of the following dimensions 8,20 x 5,70 m. It used to have an apse that inside used to be of a semi-circular shape, and outside it used to be polygonal. Inside the rooms there was found a part of the architectonic decoration of the altar. Later among the pile of materials around the church were excavated several imposts and window columns. A detailed research from 2013-2014 revealed a Late Antiquity tomb, and under it there are two graves made of different spolia of an older ancient object. As it seems the oratory that was found by Truhelka used to be located within a much greater late antiquity complexes. Among the archaeological materials prevail roof tiles, fragments of amphorae, ceramic pottery, and glass.