Mosaic floors

   An overview of ancient mosaic floors that are featured in Biblewalks.com

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                                Contents:

                                * Background

                                * Biblewalks sites of mosaics

                                * Mosaics museum

                                * Links

                                * Mosaics News

               

Background:

   This web page provides an overview on Mosaic floors, listing pages that feature ancient mosaics in Biblewalks.com.

    Mosaics were a common architecture element during the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods. Mosaics were used to decorate most of the the public, religious and residential buildings .

   The mosaic floor, which was designed and laid out by special artists,  is composed of thousands of colored stones which were laid out  on a layer of cement.  The mosaics depict Biblical scenes, Jewish and Christian symbols, inscriptions, nature scenes, Greek mythology stories and heroes, and other paintings.


Links to Biblewalks sites:

A sample of ancient mosaic floors are featured in the following pages:

  • Tabcha – 5th century AD mosaics, with first feeding miracle scene

Hammat Tiberias

  • Dominus Flevit modern basilica above 5th-6th century Byzantine church ruins

  • Kursi ruins of 6th century Church – miracle of healing madman through swine

Mosaics in Kursi

      

  • Khirbet Heshek ruins of 5th century church, inscription dedicating to St. George

Khirbet Kheshek

  • Ein Gedi – 5th century Synagogue – the lowest mosaic in the world

Khurvat Kav, Karmiel

Western palace, Masada

“Good Samaritan” Mosaics Museum:

   A unique museum has opened in 2009 in Ma’ale Adummim, on the side of the Jerusalem-Jericho road. The museum is located on the site of the ancient inn (Khan) of the Good Samaritan. It displays archaeological findings which were excavated in the West Bank and Gaza. The museum has both an outdoor and indoor sections, and the majority of the findings are sections of the mosaic floors collected from different sites.

  Visit the site: Good Samaritan museum

Links:

  • Hecht Museum – article on ancient mosaics (abstract only)
  • Site conservation – see section on mosaics

Mosaics floor News:

Check our review of the museum

 


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This page was last updated on July 31, 2020 (minor fixes)

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