It’s probably very easy to say that Constantine appearance on the Roman landscape was a game changer. But it is […]
501 Treasures of Byzantium: No.20 Limburg Staurotheke, cathedral treasury of Limburg an der Lahn, Germany.
A reliquary is basically an impressive case or container in which fragments of the True Cross were kept. The Limburg […]
501 Treasures of Byzantium: No. 19 Codex Sinaiticus, mid 4th century, British Library, London, United Kingdom.
The invention of the codex, a series of pages bound down one side, not only replaced the scroll, but created […]
501 Treasures of Byzantium: No.12 Peacock floor mosaic, ruins of the Byzantine church in Nahariyah, Western Galilee, Israel, 6th century.
The peacock has a long history of being worshipped as a pagan deity or used as a symbol by royalty […]
501 Treasures of Byzantium: No.11 Mosaic of Theodore Metochites, Chora monastery, Constantinople (Istanbul).
The monastery of the Christ Chora is considered to be one of the most beautiful surviving Byzantine churches to have […]
501 Treasures of Byzantium: No.10 The Procession of Female Martyrs, Basilica of San Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna.
During the time of the Byzantine reconquest of the sixth century, General Belisarius made the city of Ravenna the capital […]
501 Treasures of Byzantium: No.9 Gold hyperpyron of Alexius I, probably minted 1092-1118, Thessalonica.
It is an astonishing feat to imagine that the gold coin created by Constantine in the early fourth century, known […]