A restored section at the site of a 7th century, 827 square meter (8900 square ft) mosaic that was opened to the public, at the Islamic archaeological site of Hisham Palace, north of the West Bank city of Jericho
Visitors roam the site of a 7th century, 827 square meter (8900 square ft) mosaic that was opened to the public, at the Islamic archaeological site of Hisham Palace, north of the West Bank city of Jericho
Photo: AP
A restored section at the site of a 7th century, 827 square meter (8900 square ft) mosaic that was opened to the public, at the Islamic archaeological site of Hisham Palace, north of the West Bank city of Jericho

Palestinians unveil huge mosaic at Jericho desert castle

Following $12 million Japan-funded restoration, the mosaic opens to public at the Hisham Palace, showing images on dozens of panels, including a lion attacking a deer, two gazelles, delicate floral and geometric designs

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Published: 10.28.21, 20:42
Palestinian authorities on Thursday unveiled one of the largest floor mosaics in the world, in the West Bank city of Jericho, after years of restoration.
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  • Resembling a fine carpet, the vast mosaic covers 836 square meters (8,998 square feet) at the Hisham Palace, an Ummayad Islamic desert castle dating from the eighth century.
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    A restored section at the site of a 7th century, 827 square meter (8900 square ft) mosaic that was opened to the public, at the Islamic archaeological site of Hisham Palace, north of the West Bank city of Jericho
    A restored section at the site of a 7th century, 827 square meter (8900 square ft) mosaic that was opened to the public, at the Islamic archaeological site of Hisham Palace, north of the West Bank city of Jericho
    A restored section at the site of a 7th century, 827 square meter (8900 square ft) mosaic that was opened to the public, at the Islamic archaeological site of Hisham Palace, north of the West Bank city of Jericho
    (Photo: AP)
    The images, seen on dozens of panels, include a lion attacking a deer to symbolize war and two gazelles which symbolize peace, as well as delicate floral and geometric designs.
    Hisham Palace had lain forgotten for centuries until it was rediscovered in the 19th century, and explored in the 1930s. It was then that the mosaic was uncovered beneath the dust.
    But it still remained neglected until five years ago when the site was closed to visitors as a $12 million Japan-funded restoration effort was launched.
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    A restored section at the site of a 7th century, 827 square meter (8900 square ft) mosaic that was opened to the public, at the Islamic archaeological site of Hisham Palace, north of the West Bank city of Jericho
    A restored section at the site of a 7th century, 827 square meter (8900 square ft) mosaic that was opened to the public, at the Islamic archaeological site of Hisham Palace, north of the West Bank city of Jericho
    Visitors roam the site of a 7th century, 827 square meter (8900 square ft) mosaic that was opened to the public, at the Islamic archaeological site of Hisham Palace, north of the West Bank city of Jericho
    (Photo: AP)
    "This mosaic contains more than five million pieces of stone from Palestine which have a natural and distinctive color," Saleh Tawafsha, the under-secretary at the Palestinian tourism and antiquities ministry, said during the unveiling ceremony.
    He said he hoped that the restoration will draw tourists to Jericho, which lies in the West Bank.
    The Hisham Palace near the Dead Sea covers about 150 acres (60 hectares) and comprises baths and an agricultural estate.
    The Ummayad Dynasty lasted from 660 to 750 AD.
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