University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Daira Nocera

The Round Church at Beth Shean

Excavation photograpgh of the Round Church, looking South, with the apse in the left foreground. Museum Image #41613

By: Daira Nocera

A visitor to the Penn Museum may fail to notice two orphaned Corinthian columns tucked away in the Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery. hese come from the curious Round Church, built on the tell of Beth Shean in the 5th century. Both received graffiti after they had fallen, testifying to the continued heterogeneous population of the settlement. […]