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Near Ramot in Golan Regional Council, Northern District, Israel
 

Baptistery

 

— Kursi —

 
Mosaic Text image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 5, 2019
1. Mosaic Text
View of the mosaic text that is situated on the floor of the reconstructed Byzantine Church, in the area of the baptistery.
Inscription.  
English Text:

In the time of the most God - beloved Stephanos the priest and abbot was made the mosaic of the Photisterion in the month of December fourth indiction in the time of the pious and Christ - beloved our King Mauricius first Consulate.
 
Erected 587 CE.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyChurches & Religion.
 
Location. 32° 49.547′ N, 35° 39.042′ E. Marker is near Ramot, Northern District, in Golan Regional Council. Marker can be reached from Northern District Route 92 0.1 kilometers south of Northern District Route 789, on the left when traveling south. This marker is located on the grounds of the Kursi National Park, within the reconstructed Byzantine Church. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kursi (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Capharnaum (approx. 9.3 kilometers away); The Synagogue of Capharnaum (approx. 9.3 kilometers away); The Synagogue of Jesus
Baptistery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 5, 2019
2. Baptistery Marker
View of the marker that provides three different translations of the mosaic seen on the Byzantine Church floor.
(approx. 9.4 kilometers away); a different marker also named Capharnaum (approx. 9.4 kilometers away); The Courtyard (approx. 9.6 kilometers away); Outer City Gate (approx. 9.6 kilometers away); Sacrificial High Place (approx. 9.6 kilometers away).
 
More about this marker. Regarding this marker, in the book "Art and Architecture of the Synagogue in Late Antique Palestine," by David William Milson, on page 158, it makes a reference to both this ancient Byzantine church and to this particular mosaic. In fact, it refers to this mosaic when it states, "According to the mosaic inscription preserved in the southern pastophorium, a baptistery was built there between 582 to 587, during the reign of Maurice."

According to Wikipedia, Maurice was a Byzantine Emperor from 582 to 602.
 
Also see . . .  Maurice - Emperor. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 11, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Baptistery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 5, 2019
3. Baptistery Marker
View of the marker in the foreground, and the mosaic text on the floor of the room where the baptistery is located.
Baptistery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 5, 2019
4. Baptistery Marker
View of the marker in the foreground, the mosaic text on the floor, and in the distant background, the blue sign marks the church's baptistery.
Baptistery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 5, 2019
5. Baptistery Marker
View of three visitors staring down and viewing the text on the mosaic floor.
Reconstructed Byzantine Church image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 5, 2019
6. Reconstructed Byzantine Church
View of the interior of the reconstructed Byzantine Church, where both the baptistery and the mosaic floor are located.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 12, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 11, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 87 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 11, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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