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In Israel, exactly in an eminently industrial area of the city of Qievat Gat, in the south of the country, was found about two years ago, a strange mosaic on the floor dating back to Byzantine times, but not in very good condition. After a long restoration process, today it can be seen in all its splendor.
In this mosaic, which measures approximately 3.5 meters by 3.5 meters and which was originally part of the floor of a church that no longer exists, you can see a representation of what could be a map of a city somewhere in Egypt, with its streets and buildings, being one of the strangest mosaics of all that have been discovered so far, but not only in Egypt but in any other country.
As they have declared from the Israel Antiquities Authority, this mosaic is something truly unique given that the appearance it has is something truly rare in our country.
Among the different buildings that we can find in this mosaic, many of them are found along what seems a main street lined with columns, all on what appears to be an ancient map. There is also another characteristic that draws a lot of attention and it is an inscription in Greek that is still preserved next to one of the buildings. This inscription indicates that the place that is being represented in this mosaic is the Chortaso settlement, located in Egypt.
One of the points that most attracts the attention of this place is that according to Christian tradition it is said that the Hebrew prophet Habakkuk was buried in this town and that this 1,500-year-old mosaic (according to different estimates) could make a clear reference to the origin of the church congregation.
After having studied it thoroughly, the experts have agreed that the artist or artists who made this mosaic they invested a lot of time and especially money in doing it since the raw materials with which it is made, as well as its quality, are the best that have ever been discovered in this country.
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