In the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki stands a quaint 11th century Byzantine church. That said much of its architectural grace and eccentricity can be traced to Constantinopolitan influence. Of interest is its use of arches and the fact that the church is completely made of deep red brick.

The interior has a traditional Byzantine cross-in-square plan with three apse and a narthex. So much of the original wall paintings of the church are gone, all that remains of interest from its glory days are the frescoes on the dome, depicting the Ascension of Christ, and on the narthex, which depicts a sitting Christ presiding over the Last Judgment.

With the conquest of the city in 1430 by the Ottoman Turks, the church was turned into a mosque, but would revert back to a church after the end of Ottoman occupation in 1912.


Photo Credit: The header image of the Church of Panagia Chalkeon is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 license. The west view of the great church is used the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 4.0 International license.

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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