Mary and Jesus
|Copyright: Chris Jules (chrisJ)
|Date Taken: 2013-02-09|
|Camera: Nikon D 90|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2013-03-14 11:47|
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|Another superb tile mosaic from the Chora Church in Istanbul. Well worth the effort to get to.|
From Wikipedia: "The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora (Turkish Kariye Müzesi, Kariye Camii, or Kariye Kilisesi — the Chora Museum, Mosque or Church) is considered to be one of the most beautiful surviving examples of a Byzantine church. The church is situated in Istanbul, in the Edirnekapı neighborhood, which lies in the western part of the municipality (belediye) of Fatih. In the 16th century, during the Ottoman era, the church was converted into a mosque and, finally, it became a museum in 1948. The interior of the building is covered with fine mosaics and frescoes. The majority of the fabric of the current building dates from 1077–1081, when Maria Dukaina, the mother-in-law of Alexius I Comnenus, rebuilt the Chora Church as an inscribed cross or quincunx: a popular architectural style of the time. Early in the 12th century, the church suffered a partial collapse, perhaps due to an earthquake. The church was rebuilt by Isaac Comnenus, Alexius's third son. However, it was only after the third phase of building, two centuries after, that the church as it stands today was completed. The powerful Byzantine statesman Theodore Metochites endowed the church with much of its fine mosaics and frescos. Theodore's impressive decoration of the interior was carried out between 1315 and 1321. The mosaic-work is the finest example of the Palaeologian Renaissance. The artists remain unknown. In 1328, Theodore was sent into exile by the usurper Andronicus III Palaeologus. However, he was allowed to return to the city two years later, and lived out the last two years of his life as a monk in his Chora Church.
During the last siege of Constantinople in 1453, the Icon of the Theotokos Hodegetria, considered the protector of the City, was brought to Chora in order to assist the defenders against the assault of the Ottomans.
Around fifty years after the fall of the city to the Ottomans, Atık Ali Paşa, the Grand Vizier of Sultan Bayezid II, ordered the Chora Church to be converted into a mosque — Kariye Camii. Due to the prohibition against iconic images in Islam, the mosaics and frescoes were covered behind a layer of plaster. This and frequent earthquakes in the region have taken their toll on the artwork."
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- [2013-03-15 2:57]
I like the capture, you are able to relay the ornate work gone into creative this piece....time moves on.
Ciao Chris, great detail of beautiful mosaic, wonderful colors and excellent clarity, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Hi Chris, it is interesting that the faces have remained more or less intact.
Beautiful artwork, captured with excellent sharpness.
Tfs, regards Jean.
- [2013-03-16 7:34]
quelle belle fresque superbe Marie et Jésus tout en beauté une splendeur superbe photo et cadrage.
Bravo et amitié
- [2013-03-17 13:28]
Hello Chris :)
The very beautiful fresco, wish only, that such worn out.
The shot in beautiful, pastel colours and good light.. the perfect realization!
- [2013-03-19 0:08]
Congratulations on your 1500th post.
I am enjoying the history you are presenting for us, I lookn forward to more.
Hi,Chris. Lovely capture of these historical and important figures.Well composed,nice POV with good exposure and you did get the details with excellent clarity. Cheers.