Garo Nalbandian

“IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Beautiful is the city of the Christians” reads this Byzantine-period stone tablet. It was found in 1894 on a ridge west of the Arab village of Amwas (Emmaus-Nicopolis), where excavators believe they have uncovered ancient Emmaus. The plaque indicates that the city was predominantly Christian in the Byzantine period.