Description of the Holy Land

Name of text: Description of the Holy Land
Author of text: John of Wurzburg
Date of text: 1160-70
Date of person in text:
Name of structure in text: Church of the Nativity
Type of structure in text: church
Date of structure in text 339, 530s, 1165-9
Century of structure 1: 4 AD
Century of structure 2: 12 AD
Country in text: Israel
Region in text:
City in text: Bethlehem
Specific place of mosaic in text:
Description of mosaic in text:  

In the place of our Lord’s nativity may be read these two verses inscribed in gilded mosaic work:

Of angels’ virtues chief beyond compare,

A Virgin here the very God did bear.

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

John of Wurzburg, Description of the Holy Land, trans. by Aubrey Stewart (London: Palestine Pilgrims Text Society, 1890), ch. 19, p. 54.


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