The mosaic depicts scenes from ancient Egypt including clearly identifiable buildings and streets. It was found in 2013 by archaeologists with the Israeli Antiquities Authority accompanied by schoolchildren and workers from Kiryat Gat's Industrial Park.
Scientific assessments suggest that the mosaic served as a decorative floor for a church in the age of the Byzantine Empire.
"The display of buildings on a mosaic floor is a rare find in Israel," said archaeologists Saar Ganur and Dr. Rina Avner from the Antiquities Authority. "The buildings are organized along a city's main columned road, like an ancient map."
According to the archaeologists, a well-preserved Greek inscription is included on the mosaic, identifying the scene as an ancient Egyptian city.
"The site of this Egyptian city on a floor of a public building in Kiryat Gat hints, perhaps, at the origin of the visitors to the church," said Ganur and Avner.
The mosaic made up just a part of the church's floor and only two parts of the mosaic survived - the rest was apparently destroyed along with the church that housed it.
One part of the mosaic shows animals like chickens, antelope, birds and a special cup filled with red fruit.
"The artist used 17 different colors of stones," said Ganur. "The effort and quality of raw materials is among the best that's ever been discovered in Israel."
The mosaic will be on display on October 1 within the framework of the festival called Inside the Factory that will mark the beginning of Kiryat Gat's 60th birthday.