Kitab akhbar Makka, Book of Reports about Mecca

Name of text: Kitab akhbar Makka, Book of Reports about Mecca
Author of text: Al-Azraqi
Date of text: 9th century, before 865
Date of person in text: 9th century
Name of structure in text: Al Qalis Church in Sanaa built by Abraha
Type of structure in text: church
Date of structure in text sixth century
Century of structure 1: 6 AD
Century of structure 2:
Country in text: Yemen
Region in text:
City in text: Sanaa
Specific place of mosaic in text:
Description of mosaic in text: Crosses decorated with mosaics, gold stars
Mosaic date in text: 6 AD
Tesserae silver mentioned in text? Unknown
Tesserae gold mentioned in text? Unknown
Colour descriptions in text:

Al-Azraqi, Kitab akhbar Makka, Book of Reports about Mecca, ed. by Ferdinand Wustenfeld, Die Chroniken der Stadt Mekka, Bd. 1 (Leipzig: Brockhaus, 1858), pp. 88-91.

Grabar, Oleg, ‘Upon reading al-Azraqi’, Muqurnas, 3 (1985), 1-7, p. 3.

King, G. R. D., ‘Some Christian Wall-Mosaics in Pre-Islamic Arabia, Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, 10 (1980), 37-43

Comments: Abraha was a legendary Christian, probably 6th century Ethopian king.

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