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Byzantine mosaics found in Israel

Intact mosaics have been found on the floors of a Byzantine monastery found in the Negev Desert. These tiles have managed to retain their vibrant blue, red, yellow and green colors over the centuries. The floor decorations, IAA officials say, include inscriptions in Greek and the Syriac language, which contain rather

Byzantine monastic complex identified in Istanbul

A 9th-century monastic complex containing beautiful marble floors and mosaics has been identified in Istanbul, Turkey. “People started out thinking this was a 9th-century Islamic place. When I started doing research here, it became clear that this identification had no good grounding,” said team leader Alessandra Ricci, who noted that

World’s earliest illustrated bible found in monastery

An illustrated Christian bible which dates back to the 5th century A.D. has been found in an Ethiopian monastery. The incredible relic has been kept ever since in the Garima Monastery near Adwa in the north of the country, which is in the Tigray region at 7,000 feet. Experts believe

The hunt for a lost monastery

Archaeologists in Scotland are hunting for a lost monastery referenced in the margins of the old-surviving manuscript in the country which dates back to the 10th century. The book contains seven handwritten passages of Gaelic text, written in the margins. These describe – among other things – how a monastery

Syria’s Stonehenge

In what is shaping up to be an incredible find, neolithic stone circles, alignments and possible tombs have been discovered in the Syrian Desert. [Thx Saturn] Dr. Mason explains that he “went for a walk” into the eastern perimeter of the site - an area that hasn’t been explored

World’s oldest monastery restored

A 1,600-year-old monastery has been restored in Zaafarana, Egypt. Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities spent eight years and $14.5 million dollars to carry out a comprehensive restoration and conservation of the ancient monastery, situated in the rugged desert mountains near Egypt's Red Sea coast. It was in this remote spot, at the

Medieval monastery in Bulgaria to be restored

The medieval monastery of St. Archangel Michail is Western Bulgaria is set to be restored. The monastery, which consists of a church and a residential building, is a historical and archaeological monument of culture of a national importance. First built in the thirteenth century, the complex was restored in the sixteenth