A very rare Egyptian streetscape mosaic in the Kiryat Gat Industrial Park, in Israel, will be open to the public for viewing tomorrow on October 1st. Two years ago the 1,500 year-old Byzantine Mosaic was removed from the site for conservation purposes by the Israeli Antiquities Authority. Now, finally back at the original site, locals and tourists will be able to gaze at the mosaic pavement, depicting streets and realistic buildings of, what is according to a Greek inscription on the mosaic, the settlement of Chortaso (Kartasa) in Egypt. Beneath the wonderful images of the settlement lies the Nile River featuring a sail boat. On another section of the preserved mosaic, images of animals and a special goblet with red fruit are portrayed in amazing detail. Israeli Antiquities Authority archeologists state that the mosaic artist used seventeen different shades of coloured stones.
The rare mosaic was originally the floor of a long gone Byzantine era church. It is safe to assume that the mosaic may have been commissioned to commemorate the city of Chortaso, where according to Christian tradition, the prophet Habakkuk had been buried?
Below are a few related articles of the Kiryat Gat mosaic, which all include an amazing gallery of images. Enjoy!