The Taking of Jericho

5th century, with medieval and modern restorations
Mosaic
Nave, Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

In the lower register the Ark of the Covenant is carried around the walls to the sound of trumpets. In the upper register, the Israelites take the city, helped by Rahab, who is seen on the battlements. See Joshua 6:12-19.

This is part of the extensive series of Old Testament scenes portrayed in mosaics along the two walls of the nave. Follow this link for links to the others.

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Photographed at the basilica by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.