Taybat Al Imam City: Church Floor Mosaic

April 9, 2019



Church of the Holy Martyrs

Mosaic Taybat Al Imam detail

Taybat al-Imam contains the Byzantine-era Church of the Holy Martyrs that dates back to 442 CE.[4] The church, which now serves as a museum in the center of town, consists of three naves and contains a large mosaic covering the building’s entire floor.[1] The mosaic was accidentally discovered in 1985 during road construction in the town. Between that year and 1987 it was excavated by the Jordan-based Franciscan Archaeological Institute. The mosaic is noted for both its size and for its depiction of 20 different building types, including religious and civil structures. Other images depicted include the scene of Paradise, the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the churches of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, the basilica of St. Simeon Stylites and the double towers of Qalb Lozeh, both sites in northern Syria near Aleppo.[1]


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