The monastery of the Christ Chora is considered to be one of the most beautiful surviving Byzantine churches to have been constructed. Inside the Chora, visitors to the church in modern-day Istanbul will be taken aback by the range of subjects of mosaics that appear on the walls and domes of the monastery. In the most ambitious mosaic programme of the early fourteenth century, the visually striking detail of scenes from the Bible, miracles, saints and of course, the Christ Pantokrator, appears to be every square inch of the church.  Most of these wonderful mosaics were financed by Theodore Metochites between the years 1315 and 1321. The vain Theodore Metochites can’t help but tell his fellow Christians that he is the restorer of the church, by the inscriptions on the left of his mosaic. Wearing an exotic court costume and turban, he presents the Chora church to Christ.

Posted by Robert Horvat

Robert Horvat is a Melbourne based blogger. He believes that the world is round and that art is one of our most important treasures. He has seen far too many classic films and believes coffee runs through his veins. As a student of history, he favours ancient and medieval history. Music pretty much rules his life and inspires his moods. Favourite artists include The Beatles, Pearl Jam, Garbage and Lana Del Rey.

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