Byzantine art

Ancient mosaic symbolizes life and luxury

A mosaic that has been unearthed during excavations in the ancient city of Olba in the southern province of Mersin's Silifke district has been removed in 16 different panels and placed under protection. 

According to a statement made by the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Museums, the mosaic was found by a Gazi University team headed by Professor Ay?e Emel Erten. 

Byzantine Thessaloniki highlighted, explored

The fourth issue of MUSA, the quarterly cultural review produced by the press and communication office of the Greek embassy in WashingtonD.C., highlights Byzantine Thessaloniki in its current edition.

Considered the “second capital” of Byzantium after imperial Constantinople, Thessaloniki today retains numerous monuments of the 1,000-year Eastern Christian empire.

Ancient mosaics seriously damaged during restoration in Turkey's Hatay

At least 10 mosaics, held in the world?s second largest mosaic museum in Turkey?s southern city of Antakya, were seriously damaged during restoration, a local newspaper has reported.

The scandal erupted after local mosaic craftsman Mehmet Da?kapan brought the issue to the attention of a local newspaper in Antakya. 

Mosaics destroyed by treasure hunters in Central Anatolia

Treasure hunters in a field in the Central Anatolian province of Karaman’s Sarıveliler district have damaged unique ancient mosaics underground, after using a caterpillar excavator in their hunt. The scandal was revealed by a teacher who had returned to his village during the holiday period.