A monumental church in Beersheba: Architecture, mosaics and inscriptions

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The Beersheba church is remarkable in many respects. Its exceptional internal full-cross-shaped plan introduces a new type of church into the repertoire of ecclesiastical architecture of Byzantine Palaestina. The inscriptions contain a unique architectural term and a rare formulaic quotation, cited in the liturgy performed at the consecration of churches. The reference to the partition of the church allows a glimpse into the spatial perception of the church by its visitors. In addition, the dimensions and architectural complexity of the Beersheba church highlight the importance of Beersheba and its prominent place among the settlements of southern Palaestina.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-245
Number of pages25
JournalIsrael Exploration Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Archaeology


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