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 […]

‘Rider on the Storm’ no more.

When you think of great front-men of rock history, Mick Jagger, Freddy Mercury, Eddie Vedder and Michael Hutchene, all instantly […]

501 Treasures of Byzantium: No. 4-8.

No.4: Icon of the Archangel Gabriel, St Catherine Monastery, Sinai Egypt, 13th century. A very fine treasure, housed in the […]

Tureta: The fortress of Emperor Justinian?

The fortress of Tureta on the Konati Islands, located on the northern stretches of Dalmatia, south of Zadar and west […]

Muhammad and the Revelation of God

  According to Muslim tradition, on the 8th of June, 632 CE, following a short illness, the Prophet Muhammad, died […]

The Queen of Cities – Constantinople – like you have never seen her before.

Have you ever wondered what the queen of cities – Constantinople – might have looked like? Today traces of the […]

The Forgotten Earthquake of 1966

Earthquakes are a constant reminder to all of us, of the volatility of our planet. Millions of people, especially those […]

Portrait of an Emperor: John VIII Palaiologos.

An Italian Renaissance painter from Florence, by the name of Benozzo Gozzoli, was commissioned to paint a three-walled cycle of […]