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On the right of the entrance door and on the inner surface of the outer wall of the church, Elizabeth and John are depicted as they run away from a soldier chasing them with a sword in his hand. Elizabeth is a relative of the Virgin and she is the wife of Zacchariah, and the mother of John the Baptist. On the arch No.17 between sections D and E on the side, there are portraits of the saints. But since the mosaics have fallen, it is not possible to identify them. Panel No.18 on the inner narthex wall in section E is also highly deteriorated. A guard is seen interrogating a woman. As it was made known to King Herod that a new born child would overturn his throne, therefore, he issued an order for the killing of all the new born babies. Opposite these; the mourning mothers are depicted. In the middle, on the side arch, there are no mosaics left. Here, only in the point designated as E-18, King Herod is shown while sitting on his throne, with a guard standing behind him.


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