Book of Travels (Safarnama)

Name of text: Book of Travels (Safarnama)
Author of text: Nasir-i Khusraw
Date of text: Journey took place 1047
Date of person in text: 11th century
Name of structure in text: Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Type of structure in text: Church
Date of structure in text 4th, 7th, 11th century
Century of structure 1: 4 AD
Century of structure 2: 11 AD
Country in text: Israel
Region in text:
City in text: Jerusalem
Specific place of mosaic in text:
Description of mosaic in text:

It is large enough to hold eight thousand people inside and is extremely ornate, with coloured marble and designs and pictures.  It is arrayed with Byzantine brocades and is painted. Much gold has been used, and in several places there are pictures of Jesus riding on an ass and also pictures of other prophets such as Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, and Jacob and his sons.  The pictures are varnished in oil of sandarac and covered with fine, transparent glass that does not block any of the painting.  This has been done so that dust and dirt cannot harm the pictures, and every day workers clean the glass.  There are several other places just as elaborate, but it would take too long to describe them.

Mosaic date in text: 11 AD
Tesserae silver mentioned in text?
Tesserae gold mentioned in text?
Colour descriptions in text:

Nasir-i Khusraw, Book of Travels, ed. and trans. by Wheeler M. Thackston Jr. (California: Mazda Publishers Inc., 2001), p. 48

See also: Grabar, Oleg, The Shape of the Holy (New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1996), p. 143

Comments: NB This account does not specify mosaics.

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