Ancient Church with Magnificent Mosaic Discovered in Israel


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Ancient Church with Magnificent Mosaic Discovered in Israel

Israel Antiquities Authority

A major church, about 1,500 years old, with a magnificent mosaic has been found in Israel.

Remnants of a 1,500-year-old church having a fine mosaic have been uncovered in Israel during a recent excavation project of Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).

The Byzantine era church was found at the excavation site in Moshav Aluma, about 70km south west of Jerusalem.

Archaeologists believe the church probably served as a centre of Christian worship for neighbouring communities in the sixth century.

The 22m long and 12m wide basilica building, which consists of a central hall with two side aisles divided by marble pillars, features a well-kept mosaic in the main hall adorned with coloured geometric designs, medallions and animal figures depicting zebra, leopard, turtle, wild boar, winged birds and botanical and geometric designs.

The aisles also have coloured mosaic floors depicting botanical and geometric designs, as well as Christian symbols.
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