In the early ages, the mosaic was defined as a combination of pebbles and hardly visible pieces of stone and shaping into geometric images, motifs, signs and artworks.
The oldest known mosaic fragments are dated to 3400 B.C. It lived its development period in Hellenistic period, and golden age in the Roman period.
These mind-boggling works of art are admiring people even today.
It is an extraordinary art to depict the gods, people, animals, plants with geometric shapes and colour sequences.
Mosaic crafting requires eye, math, reflex, observation, patience and love. Mosaic presents the history and culture that it carries from the past to present in a visual feast.
A very rich collection of mosaics dating back to the Roman period in Antakya is exhibited in the Hatay Archaeology Museum.
This museum is one of the largest museums’ in the world.
Since ancient times Antakya, which has mosaic workshops and mosaic school, has been bringing up the best masters of mosaic.
The skeleton mosaic, which is recently discovered and accepted as one of the rarest artefacts in the world, is dated to the 3rd century A.D. and it is written ‘NEŞE’ (JOY) on it.