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A small but significant piece of this region's history has returned for a brief visit, sort of. The Qabr Hiram mosaic is a 120-square-meter masterpiece, dating from A.D. 575 . Qabr Hiram has been exhibited at the Louvre since then.Evelyn Chantriaux, director of the mosaic restoration studio at Lyon's Gallo-Roman Museum, has been working on the Qabr Hiram restoration for a decade.Supplementing these presentations is a series of pictures representing a virtual reconstruction of Qabr Hiram's historic church, the Louvre's exhibition of the actual mosaic and other photos from the piece's history. The story of Qabr Hiram's restoration has been complex.With three other restoration professionals, Chantriaux has worked on the mosaic tirelessly for a decade. Years later, when the Louvre decided to undertake yet another restoration, she found herself working on Qabr Hiram again.Obviously it was important to the authentic exhibition of the mosaic that it be correctly assembled.Abi Nassif is passionate about the importance of displaying the mosaic to the Lebanese public, albeit virtually.
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