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  • Archaeologists Uncover Early Christian Church With Ornate Mosaic in Jericho

    01/16/2023 6:14:59 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/13/23 | Joe Bukuras
    Boston, Mass., Jan 13, 2023 / 14:00 pm A team of Israeli archaeologists has discovered a sixth-century Byzantine church with highly decorated mosaic floors. The Civil Administration’s Archaeology Unit, which oversees historical sites in Judea and Samaria, announced Wednesday that the church was found in Jericho, a Palestinian town located in the West Bank, according to The Times of Israel. The agency is part of the government of Israel’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories, which is part of the Ministry of Defense. The outlet reported that the church is 250 square meters large, which would have made the...
  • New Inscriptions in Roman City in Israel Shed Personal Light on Early Christians

    11/27/2022 6:44:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 11/20/22 | Ruth Schuster
    While cleaning one set of Byzantine mosaics in Hippos of the Decapolis, the archaeologists found more mosaics. An unknown bishop, a goldsmithing priest and an anxious couple have come to lightPeople of yore were deeply religious, it seems – including in Hippos (Sussita) of the Decapolis, a Greco-Roman city perched high above the Sea of Galilee. No less than seven churches have been found in the city from the early Christian era. Now, four inscriptions newly discovered in one of its ancient churches – the Martyrion of Theodoros, or “Burnt Church” – during the summer 2022 excavation season shed rare...
  • Farmer finds rare ancient treasure in Gaza while planting an olive tree — but discovery may be in "immediate danger"

    09/18/2022 11:00:43 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    CBS ^ | September 16, 2022 | unattributed
    Last spring, a Palestinian farmer was planting a new olive tree when his shovel hit a hard object. He called his son, and for three months, the pair slowly excavated an ornate Byzantine-era mosaic that experts say is one of the greatest archaeological treasures ever found in Gaza...The floor, boasting 17 iconographies of beasts and birds, is well-preserved and its colors are bright."These are the most beautiful mosaic floors discovered in Gaza, both in terms of the quality of the graphic representation and the complexity of the geometry," said René Elter, an archaeologist from the French Biblical and Archaeological School...
  • Floors in ancient Greek luxury villa were laid with recycled glass

    08/02/2022 12:26:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | July 25, 2022 | University of Southern Denmark
    ...The villa was laid out around two courtyards and the many rooms were adorned with mosaic floors. In addition to geometric patterns, there were also motifs of various mythological figures and scenes taken from Greek mythology; e.g. Princess Europa being abducted by the god Zeus in the form of a bull and Aphrodite at sea in her seashell.Motifs from the stories of the much younger Roman author Virgil are also represented.Inscriptions in the floor have revealed that the owner was named Charidemos and that the villa was built in the mid-fifth century.Mosaic flooring was a costly luxury: expensive raw materials...
  • Hagia Sophia mosaics will be covered with curtains during prayers: Turkish presidential spokesman

    07/19/2020 1:25:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/19/2020
    Mosaics depicting Christian figures in Istanbul’s ancient Hagia Sophia will be covered with curtains during Muslim prayers, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Sunday, as work to prepare the building for use as a mosque continues. Hagia Sophia dates back to the sixth century and has a history as both a church and a mosque before it was turned into a museum. In an interview with broadcaster NTV, Kalin said some mosaics of Mary and Gabriel that are positioned in the direction of Qiblah, where Muslims face during prayer, would be covered with curtains. He said other mosaics of...
  • The American Who Restored the Priceless Mosaics of Hagia Sophia

    07/18/2020 6:36:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 7/16/20 | John Burger
    Boston-born Thomas Whittemore, a friend of Turkish reformer Atatürk, uncovered the gems that had been hidden for 500 years.If Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia gets turned into a mosque, as many expect it will, its precious Byzantine mosaic icons are likely to be covered up during Muslim prayers. The mosaics were plastered over for centuries when the former cathedral of the Church of Constantinople served as a place of Muslim worship. On July 10, in an address to the nation, Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, announced that Hagia Sophia would be reopened for Muslim worship on July 24. The Turkish Council of...
  • Villa Romana del Casale, Sicily, Italy in 4K (UHD) HDR

    07/05/2020 7:55:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 69 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 22, 2019 | Ttvtraveller
    Villa Romana del Casale, Sicily, Italy in 4K (UHD) HDR
  • Russia’s New Military Mega-Church to Feature Putin, Stalin, Crimea Mosaics

    04/24/2020 1:55:21 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 5 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Apr 2020
    The walls of Russia’s new Orthodox cathedral dedicated to the Armed Forces will be decorated with the faces of President Vladimir Putin, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Soviet leader Josef Stalin, the MBKh News website reported Friday. The 95-meter Armed Forces cathedral, a symbol of close defense-church ties in Russia, is expected to open on May 9 — the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II — at a sprawling military-themed park near Moscow. Once completed, the building will become one of the tallest Orthodox churches in the world. Following MBKh News' report, the...
  • US returns ancient Roman "gypsy girl" Zeugma mosaic to Turkey

    11/26/2018 10:19:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies ^ | November 24, 2018 | unattributed
    Pieces of a renowned Roman mosaic that were looted and eventually sold to an American university are to be returned to Turkey, reports. The twelve fragments once formed parts of the border of the "gypsy girl" mosaic in the ancient Roman settlement of Zeugma, close to the modern Turkish city of Gaziantep, and show human faces and birds. The near-complete main part of the mosaic, which has remained in Turkey, depicts a girl with windswept hair and an intense stare. It is on display in Gaziantep's Zeugma mosaics museum and has become an unofficial symbol of the city. The...
  • Italians Restore 900-Year-Old Mosaics at Bethlehem Church

    07/10/2016 5:35:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/8/16 | Judith Sudilovsky
    Restorers, after clearing away centuries of dirt, discovered the Church of the Nativity had a seventh mosaicAn Italian team has completed restoration of Crusader-era mosaics in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The mosaics will only be unveiled publicly after work on lighting, electricity and a fire alarm system. The work involved removing the layers of centuries-worth of soot and dirt – a result of the smoke of candles lit by pilgrims coming to venerate the site traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus – from about 1.55 million tiny mosaic pieces that were reviewed and restored. “I...
  • Roman Mosaic Conserved

    09/04/2015 1:54:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Archaeology ^ | Monday, August 31, 2015 | Archaeology in Bulgaria
    Conservators have completed work on a fourth-century A.D. mosaic that was discovered in the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Augusta Traiana in 2011, reports Archaeology in Bulgaria. The mosaic was discovered during rescue excavations, and once decorated a triclinium, or formal dining room. It depicts followers of the god Dionysus during a celebratory procession. On the right is Silenus, the tutor and companion of the god, who leads two dancing women. Local archaeologists describe the work as skillfully done, pointing to the subtle use of color and the depiction of shading in the clothing of the dancing women.The...
  • Tunis museum attack: 19 people killed after hostage drama at tourist site

    03/18/2015 8:34:30 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 80 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | 3-18-2015 | UKG
    At least 19 people have been killed in Tunisia after two gunmen stormed the Bardo national museum – one of the country’s leading tourist attractions in the capital, Tunis – sparking a three-hour hostage siege. Tunisia’s prime minister, Habib Essid, said on Wednesday afternoon that 17 of the dead were foreigners – from Germany, Italy, Spain and Poland – calling the attack a cowardly assault targeting the economy. Three hours after the attack started at about midday local time (11am GMT), an interior ministry spokesman said two gunmen had been killed, as well as one security officer, and that all...
  • Italian bishops launch TV program on stunning cathedral

    04/19/2013 1:51:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    cna ^ | April 19, 2013
    Cattedrale di Monreale in Sicily. Rome, Italy, Apr 19, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA).- The Italian bishops' conference have produced a twelve-part television series presenting the Creed from  Sicily's Monreale cathedral, a 12th century church covered in rich mosaics which explain the faith. “Step by step, from inside the cathedral, Fr. Innocenzo will unveil the 'spirit' of the images and therefore of the sacred narration, following the outline of the articles of the Creed,” wrote Sandro Magister in his April 18 post for the Italian magazine l'Espresso. Magister is one of the creators of the program, called “The Creed...
  • Roman mosaics found on Quantocks

    10/05/2006 7:47:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies · 441+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | 4 October 2006 | bbc
    Archaeologists working on the Quantock Hills in Somerset have uncovered evidence of a substantial Roman villa with a mosaic floor in the main room. The findings are part of a six-year study carried out on six separate sites around the area. The dig team said the villa at Yarford is one of the most westerly villas with mosaic floors found in Roman Britain. It was subjected to three seasons of excavation but has since been buried again to protect it for the future. "If there is one villa, then the chances are that others will be found in due course."...
  • Unearthing the Treasures of the Mediterranean

    07/09/2005 2:56:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies · 634+ views
    Skin Diver ^ | February 2000 | Isabelle Croizeau
  • Mosaics come together over years of fish fries (Milwaukee Serbian church)

    05/29/2004 11:43:44 AM PDT · by joan · 14 replies · 212+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | May 29, 2004 | TOM HEINEN
    Surrounded by some of the most extensive and elaborate church mosaics in the United States, parochial school children and adults blended their prayerful voices with rising incense smoke below a towering image of Christ at the miracle of loaves and fishes. The scene during last week's celebration of the Feast of the Ascension was coincidental but symbolic. After more than $3 million and nearly 35 years of gradual fund raising and installation, final touches were made this month on the countless Italian-glass mosaics that cover virtually every inch of the walls, ceiling and dome in Milwaukee's St. Sava Serbian Orthodox...