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Church of the Palm Tree

The southern of the twin churches, built in the late 6th / early 7th century. View of the mono apse, partially cut off from the inside side of the city wall, with a mosaic floor.

The mosaic floor of the apsed presbyterium is relatively intact. The area is decorated with a unified central composition with a semicircle on the eastern side enclosed in a guilloche. The semicircle has an outlined orthogonal pattern of adjacent hexagons forming squares and is divided by a line from a rectangular area decorated with vine scrolls. These are on two sides of a central palm tree which is growing from a vase. In the eight scrolls are the figures of two-peacocks facing the palm, two winged creatures, two lambs, a third animal and a rosette motif. The headsof the two lambs were destroyed during the construction of the altar. The surround along the wall in the apse is decorated with six adjacent circles , bordered on the west by two small grids.
(From: Michele Piccirillo, pages 393/394)

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