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This is a small section of the stunning Byzantine mosaic discovered near Aluma, Israel. 

Occasionally I will deviate from the narrative to present you (the reader) something current I have stumbled across in relation to the Byzantine world. Archeological finds are sometimes stumbled across by accident worldwide and near Moshav Aluma in southern Israel over the course of the past few months (reported as early as last week on various media sites), archeologists have unearthed this amazing mosaic. It was discovered ahead of a roads infrastructure project scheduled in southern Israel. The mosaic was part of a Byzantine-era churches nave. The mosaic, the centerpiece of what is believed to be the inside of the Byzantine basilicia, features many exotic animals from birds, zebras, leopards, turtles and wild boar. The area of the mosaic is approximately 22 by 12 metres is a fine example of sixth century Byzantine Church construction. Below are a few related articles on the discovery, which all include an amazing gallery of images. Enjoy!

Related Articles

“Stunning 1,500-year-old church mosaics displaying exotic birds, leopards and zebras are unearthed in Israel” by the dailymail.co.uk

“Marvelous mosaics revealed inside 1,500-year-old church in Israel” by NBC News Science

“Moshav Aluma, Israel – Israeli Archeologists Uncover Ancient Church, Colorful Mosaic” by Vos Iz Neias


Posted by Robert Horvat

Robert Horvat is a Melbourne based blogger. He believes that the world is round and that art is one of our most important treasures. He has seen far too many classic films and believes coffee runs through his veins. As a student of history, he favours ancient and medieval history. Music pretty much rules his life and inspires his moods. Favourite artists include The Beatles, Pearl Jam, Garbage and Lana Del Rey.


  1. The mosaic is all balanced like PA GermanFraktur artwork.


  2. […] to my attention an amazing discovery unearthed in Israel. Immediately I thought, it was another floor mosaic, pottery or hoard of gold coins. To my surprise it was neither of those things but a rare discovery […]


  3. […] have reported on a number of amazing discoveries, of which some of them have been reported here and here . One should not be surprised that the discovery of a mosaic in Israel last year in Lod, has […]


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