Garo Nalbandian

Majestic ruins. Two rows of marble and granite columns, one of which is seen at right, separated the nave from side aisles in the cathedral at Hippos. Like the felled columns, the white marble column bases and the pink and white marble Corinthian capitals lie as they toppled during the earthquake in 747 A.D. that completely destroyed Hippos. Also visible, at far right, are the colored marble slabs arranged in a variety of geometric patterns (called opus sectile) that served as the floor of the nave.