Christ Mosaic from the PammakaristosMosaics and History - the Church of the Theotokos Pammakaristos

Although these beautiful mosaics are the third largest collection in the city of Istanbul; they are virtually unknown by the public

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Constantine PalaiologusTekfur Saray - the Palace of Constantine the Porphyrogenitos

This palace was built in the late 13th century and survived until the early 20th century.  It's a wonderful example of secular architecture. The palace was recently ruined in a modern restoration.

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Nicopeia Icon of the Theotokos from San MarcoThe Great Nicopeia Icon of the Theotokos - now in Venice

This was the great Imperial icon that protected the city of Constantinople and was borne by its Emperors into battle. It was looted by the Crusading army of the Fourth Crusade and carried off by the Venetians to a magnificent chapel in Saint Mark's.

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Stained Glass - Opus Sectile Floor Discovered in the Pantokrator Monastery

Arthur Megaw of The Byzantine Institute discovered 12th century stained glass and a magnificent inlaid marble floor in the Pantokrator (Zeyrek).  The stained glass discovery shook the art world - this discovery meant the Byzantines could have discovered this art form. He discovered many other amazing things - here's his report.

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Marble and Porphyry Panels above the Royal Doors

In 1960 the Byzantine Institute cleaned the Western Wall marble revetment of Hagia Sophia.  They also cleaned and restored a panel with a cross, panels of porphyry and delightful panels of dolphins.  This is Paul Underwood's report with color pictures added.

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Bob Atchison



Chalice of the Emperor Romanos II, 959-963, possibly from Hagia Sophia and looted in 1204.  It is now in the Treasury of Saint Mark's in Venice. It is 9 inches tall and 6 inches wide. The communion chalice is made of silver-gilt, gold cloissonne enamel, stones, pearls and glass. The cup is carved in sardonyx.