Epistle to Hilal abn Muhsin

Name of text: Epistle to Hilal abn Muhsin
Author of text: Ibn Butlan
Date of text: 1051
Date of person in text: d. 1052
Name of structure in text: Church in Kasr Rusafah
Type of structure in text: church
Date of structure in text begun by order of Constantine
Century of structure 1: 4 AD
Century of structure 2:
Country in text: Syria
Region in text:
City in text: Kasr Rusafah
Specific place of mosaic in text: exterior
Description of mosaic in text:

Within it is a mighty church, the exterior of which is ornamented with gold mosaics, begun by order of Constantine, the son of Helena.   

Mosaic date in text:
Tesserae silver mentioned in text? No
Tesserae gold mentioned in text? Yes
Colour descriptions in text:
Bibliography: 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. 522

According to Le Strange, Ibn Butlan is quoted verbatim in Yakut's Mu'jam al Buldan - The Alphabetical [Dictionary] of Geography, ed. by Prof. Wustenfeld (Leipzig: 1866) 6 vols

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