The World’s Most Famous Mosaics
Do you have, or are you considering installing, a marble mosaic backsplash for your kitchen or bathroom (or even laundry)? There is no finer way to update your space quickly and relatively easily, and you will be imbuing your home with a decorative touch that has been enjoyed the world over for thousands of years.
Mosaic is the art of creating images with small pieces of tile, stone, or glass. Most mosaics are created with small squarish pieces, which are known as tesserae.
It is believed that mosaic art originated in Mesopotamia five thousand years ago, though it may be much older than that. Some of the most famous mosaics in the world today include:
- The Mosaics of Ravenna in Italy date to the fifth century AD, when the city was the capital of Byzantine Italy. Three churches dating from that time are on the UNESCO World Heritage List and are famous for their biblical mosaics: Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Sant’Apollinare in Classe, and the Basilica of San Vitale….
- Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo houses two walls of figurative mosaics installed by the Arian king Theodoric in 500AD and also by the Catholic Church in 560AD.
- Sant’Apollinare in Classe is known for its exquisite Byzantine mosaics.
- Basilica of San Vitale houses what are considered to be the finest Byzantine mosaics surviving in the world today.
- The Jameh Mosque of Yazd in Iran was constructed in the 1100’s and rebuilt a century later. The elaborate entrance as well as the dome, interior chamber and minarets are all covered in intricate mosaic tiling.
- The Great Pavement, or Cosmati Pavement, in Westminster Abbey in the heart of London was inspired by the Pope’s Roman summer home in the 1200’s. The Abbot of Westminster loved what he saw in Rome and returned to England with a ship fill of Italian craftsmen bringing marble and glass. The floor is comprised of colored glass, rare marble and even gemstones; some of the materials were recycled from long lost monuments that at that time were thousands of years old. The images depict the Universe.
- San Diego, California is home to one of the world’s largest glass mosaic murals; it hangs in the Villa Harvey Mandel Building.
There are many, many examples of remarkable mosaics the world over, both ancient and contemporary. Contact White Mosaic to bring some of this stunning art form into your home with a mosaic backsplash.