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Glorious Treasures – Ancient Mosaics in Israel – more from the Holy Land part 5

January 3, 2012

Among the highlights of two weeks of travel in Israel was seeing the wealth of mosaics at archaeological sites throughout the country.  In Caesarea, Zippori, and even at the arrivals terminal at Ben Gurion Airport, stunningly beautiful mosaics are on view. Some are richly detailed narratives, others complex geometric patterns, and still others simple designs. Here’s a sampling … the first set comes for Caesarea National Park, a 2,000 year old port city created by King Herod in honor of Caesar and located mid way between Tel Aviv and Haifa. The remains include an amphitheater, oval circus maximus, baths and other buildings.  It was added onto during the Cursades and later sacked by the Mamluks. The second set comes from Zippori, a Roman and talmudic city in the lower Galilee near Nazareth.

IMAGES FROM CAESAREA NATIONAL PARK

Caesarea
Caesarea
Caesarea
Caesarea
Caesarea

IMAGES FROM ZIPPORI NATIONAL PARK

Zippori
Zippori
Zippori
Zippori
Zippori
Zippori
Zippori
Zippori – Amazons in battle
Zippori
Zippori
The Mona Lisa of Zippori
Zippori
Zippori
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  1. January 3, 2012 5:34 PM

    Ha. I have been in Caesaria yesterday and seen all that 🙂
    Tomorrow I go to Montfort castle 🙂

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