An overview of ancient mosaic floors that are featured in Biblewalks.com
This web page provides an overview on Mosaic floors, and lists the pages that feature ancient mosaics in Biblewalks.com.
Mosaics were a common architecture element during the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods. The 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.
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The following web pages and sites have a greater number of mosaics, and are recommended for further review.
- Airport Mosaics (displayed at Ben-Gurion airport)
- Sepphoris Mosaics (2nd to 7th century AD, a rich city with amazing mosaics)
- “Mona Lisa of the Galilee“ in Sepphoris – a 3rd century beauty
- Nahariyah (6th century AD Byzantine church)
- Shavey Zion (5/6th century Byzantine church)
- Mosaics of the Basilica of Annunciation (19th century mosaics in Nazareth)
- Tabcha – 5th century AD mosaics, with first feeding miracle scene
- BethLehem in the Galilee (5-6th century AD)
- Hammat Tiberias 5th century Zodiac mosaic.
Dominus Flevit modern basilica above 5th-6th century Byzantine church ruins
- Kursi ruins of 6th century Church – miracle of healing madman through swine
- Russian Orthodox Convent of the Ascension – 6th century Byzantine mosaic
- Khirbet Heshek ruins of 5th C church, inscription dedicating to St. George
- Ein Gedi – 5th century Synagogue – the lowest mosaic in the world
- Hurvat Kav – ruins of Byzantine church
- Monastery of the Cross – Byzantine church, with blood stains
- Masada – Herodian palace
- Beit Alpha – 6th century Zodiac
- Mamshit – churches – 4th to 7th century
- Inn of Good Samaritan – museum of mosaics
- Shiloh – Church of the 40 – Byzantine
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. The museum 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.
- Hecht Museum – article on ancient mosaics (abstract only)
- Mosaics of the Land of Israel – (Power point; Hebrew)
- Site conservation – see section on mosaics
Mosaics floor News:
- Spectacular Mosaic floor restored and on display (March 2009)
- Mosaics Museum “The Good Samaritan” opens to the public – first in Israel (June 2009)
Check our review of the museum
- Most impressive/Largest mosaic floor to be re-exposed in Lod (Lydda) (June 2009)
BibleWalks.com – walk with us through the sites of the Holy Land
This page was last updated on Nov 23, 2012