The 4th-Century Floor Mosaic in the
Church of St. Paul
The photograph above was taken in 2002 by Ünal Demirer, then Director
of the Yalvaç Museum, during a campaign of cleaning and consolidating
the 4th-century mosaic floor in nave of the Church of St. Paul. The photograph
depicts a motif that is almost identical to the one on the mosaic fragment
from that church, shown below. The floor mosaic is composed predominantly
of abstract motifs, including meanders, lozenges, crosses, and other geometric
patterns. Some vegetal motifs and a peacock are represented in the solea,
the ritual passageway down the center of the eastern end of the nave.
Some of the repeated motifs may have been thought to hold magical power
to protect the church.