The Cross Church: A New Archaeological Discovery in Jerash

Adnan Muhammad Shiyyab

Abstract


Excavations conducted in Jerash by the Institute for Mosaic Art and Restoration
in Madaba, directed by the author, revealed a new basilical church adjacent to
Genesius Church on the west. The church was called by the team the Cross
Church. This discovery emphasises the importance of Jerash as a Christian
centre in the Byzantine period.
The floor of the church was decorated with mosaics as well as marble and
pavers. Portions of the mosaic pavement underwent later repairs. Glass mosaics
were used outside the southern entrance of the church. Another mosaic
pavement dates to a late period

Keywords


Jerash, Churches, Mosaics, Byzantine Period.

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