Early Christian Basilica of Lechaeum
The Basilica of Lechaeum was dedicated to the Bishop of Athens, Leonides, who testified with seven women, around the middle of the 3rd century AD, by drowning in the sea of the area. Archaeologist D. I. Pallas came to light with the excavations carried out at the expense of the Archaeological Society during the 1950s and 1960s.
The basilica, the most important early Christian monument in the Peloponnese, occupies an area of a total of 11,000 sq.m. in the western arm of the Ancient Port of Lechaeum, one of the two ports that Corinth had in antiquity and Byzantine times the other was Kegreses, in the Saronic Gulf.
It is the longest basilica in Greece (approx. 180m.). The church belongs to the type of three-aisled basilica with a five-aisled transverse aisle and dome, narthex, double atrium, three-sided baptistery to the northwest and a large number of buildings. Stairs to the west led to the temple’s pavilions.