Itinerary B

[3] The gold of the mosaics

Touching the mosaic tiles on the western side of the fountain room gives you a unique feeling that you don’t get every day. As usual, the mosaics do not deal with themes related to spiritual and ecclesiastical life, but they have a secular theme. The mosaic panels, Byzantine in style and Islamic in iconography, are composed of tiny glittering tiles. With a gold background, they show two facing archers in the centre of a tondo decorated with intertwined and plant motifs, while birds perched on trees are shooting at them; in the two side tondos, there are pairs of facing peacocks pecking at dates hanging from palm trees.