The JICA-funded project included the construction of a protection roof over the mosaic, spanning 2,500 square metres, as well as new corridors. [Al Jazeera]

The mosaic is made up of about 5 metre pieces bearing more than 20 colours from stones across Palestine – including black stones from the area of Nabi Musa, red stones from Bethlehem and Jerusalem, and white stones from Hebron and Jama’in in Nablus, Palestinian officials said. [Al Jazeera]

Saleh Tawafasha, the undersecretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, said, “this mosaic embodies a complete system of the splendor and creativity of the Palestinian individual in every time and place”. [Al Jazeera]

It sits in Hisham’s Palace, a “desert place” that stands as one of the most significant early Islamic sites in Palestine, dating back to the beginnings of the Umayyad era. [Al Jazeera]

The site is thought to have been built by Caliph Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik (724 to 743 AD), and later decorated by his heir, el-Walid II, between 743 and 744 AD. [Al Jazeera]

The mosaics include images of a lion attacking a deer, two gazelles and delicate floral patterns. [Al Jazeera]

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said it hopes to promote tourism in Palestine with this project. [Al Jazeera]

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