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Mosaic Art |
On a vast floor, symbols of faith

Mosaic Art is drawn from Chapter Six, beginning on page 159, of Volume Three, By This Sign of the twelve-volume historical series The Christians: Their First Two Thousand Years. If you would like to order this book please visit www.TheChristians.info.

A rediscovered mosaic and its stunning images depict early Christianity’s crucial themes for a community of believers who trace their roots back to St. Mark

Mosaic Art - On a vast floor, symbols of faith

Mosaic Art – On a vast floor, symbols of faith
Bishop Theodore, who directed construction of the original basilica at Aquileia, is remembered in one of the building’s splendid floor mosaics. The present building (above) is a Romanesque replacement of the first church.

The port city of Aquileia, established by Rome in 181 b.c. as a stronghold on the river Natissa in northeastern Italy, was evangelized in a.d. 57—58 by St. Mark, according to tradition. By the fourth century its Christian population had grown large enough to merit construction of a basilica, which included a seventy-five hundred-square-foot mosaic floor covered with symbolic images–the conflict between light and darkness, for example, depicted in a rooster-tortoise fight. The basilica was restored several times, and its spectacular pavement, the largest intact early Christian mosaic floor in Western Europe, was rediscovered in the twentieth century.

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