501 Treasures of Byzantium: No. 70 Mosaic of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, Church of Qasr Libya, 6th century, Libya.
The great lighthouse or Pharos of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, was originally erected by Ptolemy […]
501 Treasures of Byzantium: No. 69. The church of Hagia Sophia, 13th century, Monemvasia, Peloponnese, Greece.
It is said Monemvasia was populated by inhabitants fleeing Slavic invaders in the late sixth century. They built homes and […]
501 Treasures of Byzantium: No. 68. Choir and apse of San Vitale with mosaic of Christ in Majesty, circa 532-548 CE, Ravenna, Italy.
An image of Christ sitting enthroned like an emperor on a blue globe (representing the world) dominates the centre of […]
501 Treasures of Byzantium: No. 60. Votive Crown of Leo VI, circa 886-912, Treasury of St. Mark, Venice, Italy.
This precious votive crown with rubies and pearls, too small to be ever worn, was made as an offering to […]
501 Treasures of Byzantium: No. 59. Missorium of Kertch, 4th century, currently located in the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Constantius is arguably the most interesting of the three sons of Constantine I. He lived long enough, unlikely his brothers […]
In the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki stands a quaint 11th century Byzantine church. That said much of its architectural […]
No.54 Harbaville Triptych, 10th century, Constantinople (Istanbul). This is one of the most richly detailed ivories to come from a […]
501 Treasures of Byzantium: No. 52 The David Plates, Constantinople, circa 629-30 CE, Metropolitan Museum of Art collection.
The David Plates are a set of nine lavish silver plates with scenes of David’s life. They were originally discovered […]