Experts look to art for new information on the Crusades

The discovery of two Crusader-era murals in a church in Syria may offer archaeologists insight into the history of Christianity during the Middle Ages. The murals are the first found in the Middle East which depict heaven and hell as subject matter.

The paintings were uncovered during excavation of the al-Marqab Citadel in Tartous, believed to be where Richard the Lionheart landed in Syria. Further renovation of the church is on hold pending completion of the excavation.