Israel Museum

One at a time, an expert mosaic restorer coaxes tessarae, small cut pieces of colored stone, back along the swirls and spirals of the ancient Tabgha mosaic. Before this photo was taken, other sections of the church’s mosaic floor, behind the restorer and at the left of the photo, were removed so that a new foundation could be laid. Eventually the entire extant mosaic was replaced and restored, and missing parts were reconstructed. Today visitors to the church can walk on the reconstructed mosaic and view the old and new together as one harmonious and graceful design.