The Places of Pilgrimage

Name of text: The Places of Pilgrimage
Author of text: 'Ali of Herat
Date of text: c. 1173
Date of person in text: d. 1215
Name of structure in text: Church in Bait Lahm
Type of structure in text: church
Date of structure in text c. AD 330
Century of structure 1: 4 AD
Century of structure 2:
Country in text: Palestine
Region in text: West Bank
City in text: Between Bethlehem and Jerusalem
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Description of mosaic in text:

Between Jerusalem and Bethlehem is the tomb of Rahil (Rachel), mother of Joseph.  Bait Lahm is the name of the village where Jesus was born.  There are here the tombs of David and Solomon – peace be with them both!  There is also a church most wonderfully built with marble, and gold mosaics, and columns.  The date of its building is more than 1200 years ago […]  Translator notes that the basilica was build by Constantine c. 330 AD.

Mosaic date in text:
Tesserae silver mentioned in text? No
Tesserae gold mentioned in text? Yes
Colour descriptions in text:

Le Strange, Guy, trans., Palestine under the Moslems (London: Alexander P. Watt, 1890), A Description of Syria and the Holy Land from AD 650 to 1500, translated from the works of the Mediaeval Arab Geographers, p. 299

Bodleian Library holds manuscript (MS. E. D. Clarkii 17, clv., Uri.)

Comments: Le Strange notes that this basilica was built by Constantine c. AD 330.

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