The arches of the Galilee Chapel at Durham Cathedral.
 
 

Otranto Cathedral

Detail of the mosaic floor on Otranto Cathedral, Italy, 12th century. The mosaics depict months of the year and the labour associated with them, signs of the zodiac, and important historic figures. This detail shows Alexander the Great. Mosaics featured prominently in Roman and Byzantine architecture, and it is not surprising to see that this craft tradition was very much alive in 12th century Italy.

Detail of the mosaic floor of Otranto Cathedral, Italy, 12th century. (For more information about the building, see Paradox Place).

The mosaics depict months of the year and the labour associated with them, signs of the zodiac, and important historic figures. This detail shows Alexander the Great. Mosaics featured prominently in Roman and Byzantine architecture, and it is not surprising to see that this craft tradition was very much alive in 12th century Italy.