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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!

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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 Historical Diaries October 19, 2015 at 2:36 am

    that’s cool ! I love how there is always new discovering lie this! It wasn’t that long ago we found a sealed tomb in of a Chinese ruler , I think the chin dynasty , I don’t remember exactly , but supposedly once they figure out a way to open it without destroying everything with air , there probably going to be a lot of cool things and lost records =)


  2. […] the world 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, […]


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