Category: 501 Treasures of Byzantium

This project is really a celebration of many of the greatest treasures of Byzantium, which includes its art, icons, monuments and sites. The ranking of treasures is really arbitrary since the list is, of course, only my opinion. Nearly all of the greatest or most recognized Byzantine treasures will appear here, but I hope there will also be many wonderful surprises of, obscure valuable objects or works of art, that are not always talked about. If anything, this project will make for a valuable resource. Enjoy!

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. 61-67.

No.61: Gold Solidus of Constans, probably struck on the occasion of his Quinquennalia, Siscia, circa. 337-40. CE The solidus 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 […]

501 Treasures of Byzantium: No. 58. Church of Panagia Chalkeon, 11th century, Thessaloniki, Greece.

In the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki stands a quaint 11th century Byzantine church. That said much of its architectural […]

501 Treasures of Byzantium: No.54-57. ‘Magnificent Ivories’.

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. 53. Icon of the Archangel Michael, Constantinople, 12th century, Basilica di San Marco Treasury, Venice, Italy.

Saint Michael is considered arguably the greatest of the archangel warriors and in turn was greatly revered throughout the Byzantine […]

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 […]