THE MOSAIC OF TIRANA

THE MOSAIC OF TIRANA

The object known as the mosaic of Tirana is the only archaeological monument within the city of Tirana. It was accidentally discovered in 1972 during the construction work of a residential complex, whose buildings still surround the monument.

In addition to the mosaic floor,during the excavations experts unearthed alsowalls, brick fragments, tiles and pottery pieces which proves that the archaeological remnants belong to a Roman rural villa, or villarustica, built in the 1st Century AD. It is thought that during the 3rd Century AD the villawas transformed into a Paleo Christian church.

The motifs that dominate the mosaic are the geometric and the floral motifs, such as the triangles, the rosettes and stylized braids, while in what is considered to have been the main part of the church one can notice the symbol of the fish, the two strand braid and the cross.