The Travels of Ibn Jubayr

Name of text: The Travels of Ibn Jubayr
Author of text: Ibn Jubayr
Date of text: Christmas Day 1184
Date of person in text: 1145-1217
Name of structure in text: La Martorana
Type of structure in text: Church
Date of structure in text 1143
Century of structure 1: 12 AD
Century of structure 2:
Country in text: Italy
Region in text: Sicily
City in text: Palermo
Specific place of mosaic in text: Inner walls
Description of mosaic in text:

The inner walls are all embellished with gold.  There are slabs of coloured marble, the like of which we had never seen, inlaid throughout with gold mosaic and surrounded by branches [formed from] green mosaic.  In its upper parts are well placed windows of gilded glass which steal all looks by the brilliance of their rays, and bewitch the soul.  God protect us [from their allurement].

Mosaic date in text: 12 AD
Tesserae silver mentioned in text?
Tesserae gold mentioned in text? Yes
Colour descriptions in text:
Bibliography: The Travels of Ibn Jubayr, ed. and trans. by Roland Broadhurst (London: Goodword Books, 1952, repr. 2011), p. 349 and n. 164.

Jubayr calls this church the 'Church of the Antiochian', after its founder George of Antioch, Admiral of the Sicilian Fleet.
Mosaics are extant.

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