THE CHURCH OF ‘LA SILLA DEL PAPA’ (TARIFA, SPAIN)
The church of La Silla del Papa is an emblematic building from the Visigothic period and one of the latest monuments studied in the ATLAS project. It is built around a nave 6.50 m wide and 10 m long, with a chancel clearly separating the two liturgical areas. To the east is a quadrangular apse in which a cylindrical altar support was discovered, with a small loculus for depositing relics. The building had annexes to the north and south. Blocks salvaged from ancient pre-Roman funerary monuments were used extensively in its construction. Carbon-14 analyses and material found in the tombs located in the nave, have made it possible to date this church to the 7th century. It may have been founded by the bishop of Asidonia and, after the abandonment of the lower town of Baelo Claudia, marks the return of the community to this site, which had been occupied since the early Iron Age.