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.
After 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.
You 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.
Many 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.
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.