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Chora Church Ceiling II

Chora Church Ceiling II
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Copyright: Chris Jules (chrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-02-09
Categories: Artwork
Camera: Nikon D 90
Exposure: f/5.0
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-03-02 9:51
Viewed: 1701
Points: 18
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Another view of this fantastic church, first a Byzantine Christian Church, then a Mosque & now a museum. There has been some damage from earthquakes over the centuries hence the missing tiles. No flash or tripods are allowed so I think this is a reasonable result. 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.[1] 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 Chora Church was originally built as part of a monastery complex outside the walls of Constantinople, to the south of the Golden Horn. Literally translated, the church's full name was the Church of the Holy Saviour in the Country: although "The Church of the Holy Redeemer in the Fields" would be a more natural rendering of the name in English. (Greek ἡ Ἐκκλησία του Ἅγιου Σωτῆρος ἐν τῃ Χώρᾳ, hē Ekklēsia tou Hagiou Sōtēros en tēi Chōrai).[2] The last part of that name, Chora, referring to its location originally outside of the walls, became the shortened name of the church. The original church on this site was built in the early 5th century, and stood outside of the 4th century walls of Constantine the Great. However, when Theodosius II built his formidable land walls in 413–414, the church became incorporated within the city's defences, but retained the name Chora. The name must have carried symbolic meaning, as the mosaics in the narthex describe Christ as the Land of the Living (ἡ Χώρα των ζώντων, hē Chōra tōn zōntōn) and Mary, the Mother of Jesus, as the Container of the Uncontainable (ἡ Χώρα του Ἀχώρητου, hē Chōra tou Achōrētou).
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."

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2013-03-02 11:18]

Beautiful detail of this old church, great wall painting, excellent sharpness and light

Ciao Chris, great view of fantastic ceiling, splendid clarity, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2013-03-02 14:29]

Hi Chris.

A lot of history captured in such a small area, we talk about a 1000 years ago as if it was yesterday, 1500 as if last week, yet if you really stop and think about it, its somewhat mind blowing. Nothing these days are built or made to last 5 years.

stv ;o))

Hi Chris,

Wonderful capture. You have given us a lot of detail and color. I also really like the POV that you shot from.
Very nice,


This result is very good in my opinion because in churches and cathedrals, no flash and no tripod, this is true, and often in low light conditions.
Great lighting and rendering of colors with iso 800.

Hello Chris

Amazing the art that last the test of time. Your take on this is beautiful. Turning water into wine is pretty awesome. I know I do not have this talent. I like the angle of attack with your POV. Nice


Hello Chris, another beautiful portion of an amazing ceiling.How they managed to create these works of art in tiny pieces of tesserae and on a ceiling too...wow!
No flash, and yet the gold shines and unifies your composition.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2013-03-03 20:15]


quel détail architectural, fantastique image et vue quel dessin de voûte superbe couleur et mouvement.
Bravo et amitié

I like the mood you have captured in this piece of artwork, Chris!
Light is well handled and so is the exposure.
Good sharpness and contrasts within the work.
Nice job!

Kind regards,

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