Byzantine Monastery Uncovered in Bet Shemesh, Israel
Bet Shemesh, Israel. 20th December, 2017. Archaeologist NAFTALI AIZIK points to a marble pillar base decorated with crosses discovered on the site of the remains of a Byzantine Period 1,500 year old monastery and church. Decorated with mosaic floors and imported marble elements the compound was uncovered near Bet Shemesh by the Israel Antiquities Authority. Archaeologists continue to uncover more of remains of walls built of large worked stone masonry and a marble pillar base decorated with crosses. The marble artifacts were probably imported from the region of Turkey as no known sources of marble existed in the region. A mosaic floor is decorated with birds, leafs, and pomegranates outstandingly preserved.