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MÜNSTER-SARMSHEIM Rhineland Palatinate, Germany.

A mosaic floor from a Roman villa (now covered by a house at Römerstrasse 2) has been partly excavated. The middle field of the mosaic (18.9 x 13.7 m) depicts Sol standing on a quadriga. He is surrounded by the signs of the Zodiac. The remaining surface is covered with black-and-white geometric patterned squares; a frieze of tendrils forms the border. The middle field of the mosaic is in Bonn (Landesmuseum); parts of the black-and-white mosaic are in Bad Kreuznach Museum and in the parish church of SS. Peter and Paul, Müaster-Sarsheim. Preserved under this church is a section of the aqueduct that supplied water to the Roman villa, now buried.


K. Parlasca, Die Römischen Mosaiken in Deutschland (1959) 86-89, pl. 85,2; F. J. Hassel, “Das Sol-Mosaik aus Münster-Sarmsheim,” Führer zu vorund frühgeschichtlichen Denkmälern 12 (1969) 137-38.


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