Mosaics

A year ago today I was in Antakya. The city is also known as Antioch on the Orontes or Antioch of Syria. This is the Antioch of the New Testament that was the launching point for Paul’s missionary journeys and where the Disciples were first called Christians.

Tonight I will share a few images of the mosaics in the Antakya Arkeoloji Muzesi or Antioch Archaeology Museum.

For more pictures from the Antioch region visit my post Antakya and Seleucia.

hatay, Antakya Archaeology Museum, MosaicsAfter Sunday morning worship we walked down the street to the museum. The museum is officially known as the Hatay Arkeoloji Müzesi, but is commonly referred to as the Antakya Arkeoloji Muzesi. Antakya is the capital of Hatay province.

Unfortunately for us the museum was in the process of being moved to a new location and building. However we were able to see quite a few very nice mosaics which is what this museum is known for.

Antakya, Hatay, Mosaics, Museum MoveYou can see here that many of the mosaics had already been moved. This hall displayed some of the best mosaics, so it was unfortunate that we didn’t get to see them. I guess this means that I need to make another trip to Antakya someday to see the new museum.

Soteria, Mosaic, Antakya, Hatay, Roman MosaicThis mosaic is of Soteria (Σωτηρια) who was the goddess of safety. The mosaic is from the 5th century and was discovered in Narlica which is only about 5 kilometers from the museum.

Antakya Mosaics, Hatay Turkey, Mosaic MuseumMany of the mosaics combined geometric patterns with images from nature. I really like the detail and color of this mosaic. This mosaic is part of a collection that was also found near Antakya and is from the 5th century.

Fish Mosaic, Antakya Archaeological Museum, Hatay, Mosaic MuseumHere is another mosaic that shows creatures from the sea. This mosaic is from the 4th century and was found in Harbiye which is just south of Antakya.

I hope you enjoyed this brief look at the mosaics from the museum. Hopefully someday I will get to go back and see the new museum and the rest of the collection.

Steven

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