In 1976, Fr. Michele Piccirillo uncovered the extraordinary Diakonikon-Baptistery mosaic in the northern hall of the basilica, below a simple mosaic floor (now hanging on the wall. Besides of giving a precise date (corresponding to August 530 A.D.) its Greek inscriptions state that the building's function was a “diakonikon”, which is a chamber where the vestments, books, and religious utensils were kept.
A cross-shaped baptismal font was also discovered on the eastern end.
Diakonikon-Baptistery mosaic ►
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© Photo, text: Binder & Haupt
Walk through Mount Nebo's Memorial, panoramic views, visit of the building that protects the remains of the ancient basilica, and Byzantine mosaics.