The Basilica is essentially octagonal in shape with a central octagonal body and each side of the octagon holding a supporting structure. Six of these are worship alcoves, another the bell tower and the last the main entrance of the Basilica. Rising from eight pillars in the heart of the Basilica is the main tower and dome.
Each of the alcove abutments, along with the bell tower, is elaborately decorated with arched windows and arched recesses holding statues. A peaked roof of copper sheeting caps each. The belltower contains the stairs that access not only the pulpit, bell tower and roof of the basilica, but also the crypt through a chained and rusted iron gate. A small door at the rear of the basilica is the only ground level access other than the main entrance.
The main entrance to the basilica is an elaborate arched affair flanked by soaring roman columns that support the lintel and peaked architrave above. Lurking above are two gargoyle statues. (These are active Gargoyles that will defend the Basilica itself should it be threatened.) Stairs lead up within this entrance and the main level of the Basilica with the entry vestibule been flanked by statues of two holy warriors. Twin doors of iron studded wood panels lead into the basilica. A secret room exists directly above this entrance with access from a hidden roof trap door. This has been used to hide faithful that are being persecuted by the city guard or hide clergy of less popular sects when the inquisition comes by. A spy hole gives a commanding view of the interior of the temple and pulpit. Which has been used by certain elements of the Clergy to eliminate those who are not really faithful.
The interior of the Basilica is designed to fill the worshipers with a sense of heavenly majesty. The symmetrically patterned marble floor leads from an eight-pointed design in the centre (directly under the dome) to the pulpit and bell tower, the main entrance, and each of the six alcoves of worship. Each of these alcoves has elaborate louvered doors. The bell tower has a second floor balcony that is the pulpit from which the bishop can deliver his sermons to the congregation below.
It is however the magnificent pillars and archways that support the roof and central tower and dome of the Basilica which impart the sense of majesty to the structure. These pillars stand 25 feet tall and the arches loft above these. The dome of the Basilica towers a dizzying 70 feet above the floor of the main hall. More arches span the exterior walkway between the pillars and external walls and arches also loft over each alcove entrance.
The roof of the basilica is accessed via the bell tower which itself houses an ancient bronze bell. A railed walkway circumnavigates the main basilica tower to an open patio above the main entrance. Statues also decorate this railing.
The main tower hosts 16 arched windows which allow natural light to pour into the main hall and above these is the dome and spire. The windows are made of clear glass, but are leaded to “draw” images appropriate to the faith. In short,it is non stained, stained glass. Over all the Basilica stands over 90 feet high.