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Caesarea and Gaza
Ward Perkins, writing on the architecture of the African provinces says that Herod, King of Judaea, rebuilt temples at Caesarea and at Paneion on the slopes of Mt. Hermon, and the temple in Jerusalem. Outside Judea he built stoas, temples and agoras at Berylus and Tyre, theatres at Sidon, Damascus and Caeserea (where there is a reference to cipollino). But Ward Perkins says that ‘the Herodian floor of Caeserea was of stucco, painted to simulate marble; and that the north wing of Jericho is built partly of concrete, partly of mud and brick, and detailed throughout in painted stucco and coloured stones and marble’17 There is a reference to cipollino in the church of Saint Sergius in Gaza.18

17 Ward Perkins, J. B. Roman Imperial Architecture, Penguin Books Harmondsworth, England 1982, pp. 310-311
18 ‘Un siècle plus tard, c’est Choricius qui décrit un autre edifice religieux. Il s’agit de l’église de Saint-Serge de Gaza, constrruite vers le début du règne de Justinien (probablement avant 536). On pouvait y admirer des colonnes en marbre de Karystos de taille fort imposante’: Choricius, Laudatio Marciani, I,  18-21. Notes 14 and 15 to Lambraki, ‘Le cipolin de la Karystie Conribution a l’Ētude des marbres de la Grèce exploités aux époques Romaine et Paléochrétienne’, Revue Archaéologique 1980 Vol 1, p.59.