A Byzantine Church at Archelais
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Three layers of mosaic floor were found adorning a Byzantine basilical church. The lowest layer was simple and white, followed by a colored mosaic layer with geometric designs. The top layer, shown here, was more fanciful, with colored geometric and floral motifs, flowers and vases and dedicatory inscriptions.
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The church was entered through a columned narthex leading into the nave (1). A bema, a raised platform, separated the nave from the apse where the altar stood. A stone cross found at the site (2) probably once sat on the roof high atop the church.
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“Lord, remember Lukas the …

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