17 Aug 2018

Santa Maria in Trastevere – Rome, Italy

The Santa Maria in Trastevere is a basilica in Rome, Italy originally commissioned by Pope Callistus I during the third century. Its name translates to “Our Lady in Trastevere” in English and is said to be the first church dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus. As stated in its
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13 Jun 2018

The Lod Mosaic: A Third Century Roman Floor Mosaic

The Lod Mosaic is a late third century-early fourth century Roman floor mosaic that was discovered accidentally during 1996 highway construction near a central city square in Lod, Palestine (nowadays Israel). The mosaic seems to have been made and embedded within a large Roman villa from the Byzantine era. Historians
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01 Jun 2018

One of the Oldest Maps of the Holy Land: The Madaba Mosaic Map

The Madaba Map is a mosaic map that was originally integrated with the floor of a 6th century Byzantine church in Madaba, Jordan built at the height of the Eastern Roman Empire. The map discovered in the 1880s and was subsequently re-incorporated into the Greek Orthodox church of St. George,
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