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The 'Mona Lisa' of the Mediterranean

Ancient mosaic floor portrays a young woman.

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Tzippori National ParkTzippori National ParkPhoto: Alexey Stiop / Shutterstock
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Like the Mona Lisa, this beautiful woman's eyes seem to follow you around the room. Sometimes called the "Mona Lisa" of Zippori, this ancient mosaic was found on the floor of a wealthy Roman home destroyed in the third century. Its remains can be seen in Zippori National Park in eastern Israel.

The city of Zippori was once lively, even boasting a 4,500-seat theater. First century Roman historian Josephus Flavius called Zippori "the ornament of all Galilee."

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