This was a major center of learning and trade, with what apparently was a master's shop of tiled mosaics. Of interest, Rabbi Yehuda HaNassi lived in this city in the year AD 170-200 and was the major compiler of the Jewish Mishna. This town was easily within a half day's walk of Nazareth, and is likely where Jesus learned to speak more than one language and to read Hebrew and become familiar with the Old Testament, as it was a major center for rabbinical studies at the time.
In the pictures below, archaeologists have discovered what appears to be a Roman era mall and mosaic showroom. They think this because the mosaics in each section of the floor are of a different type, making it a showroom for buyers to see the various selections.
|The Mona Lisa of the Galilee Mosaic|