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Old December 10th, 2016, 03:53 PM   #1
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While reading the forums I've realized few people seem to be familiar with the Byzantine art and architecture. Every time they mention some tacky golden domes, I've seen that across the forums for quite awhile. So in this thread it's allowed to post only south European examples of churches and monasteries with preferable terracotta architecture.
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Church of St. Panteleimon, near Skopje. 12th Century Byzantine Church

Church of St. Panteleimon, near Skopje by David Lewis, on Flickr

12th Century Byzantine Church by David Lewis, on Flickr

Church of St. Panteleimon, Gorno Nerezi, near Skopje by David Lewis, on Flickr
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Old December 10th, 2016, 03:56 PM   #2
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Monastery of Saint Naum, Ohrid.

saint naum monastery macedonia by mariusz kluzniak, on Flickr

Terrace in Monastery of Saint Naum, Macedonia by Sergey Donin, on Flickr

Monastery of Saint Naum, Macedonia by Sue Powell, on Flickr

Saint Naum Monastery complex by Sasha Livrin, on Flickr

Saint Naum Monastery terrace by Sasha Livrin, on Flickr

Surrounded with landscape and crystal clear waters, springs.

самовила како by Evelien Gerrits, on Flickr
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Saint Jovan Bigorski Monastery.

Saint John Bigorski Monastery by Sasha Livrin, on Flickr

Monastery Saint John Bigorski ornament by Sasha Livrin, on Flickr

Water breathing dragons by Sasha Livrin, on Flickr

Bigorski klasztor / Saint Jovan Bigorski Monastery by B. & T., on Flickr

Bigorski klasztor / Saint Jovan Bigorski Monastery by B. & T., on Flickr


Sv.Jovan Bigorski - Macedonia by vvv.kos, on Flickr

IMG_2411 by Michael Kragh, on Flickr
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St. Sophia, Ohrid.

Ohrid - St Sophia by Malcolm Bott, on Flickr

St.Sophia (Ohrid, Macedonia) by Petar Trifunoski, on Flickr

Црква Света Софија - Охрид by Petar Trifunoski, on Flickr

DSC01833 by jl_sassafras, on Flickr

St Sofija, Macedonia by dimanja, on Flickr

Ohrid (95) by R Hennessy, on Flickr
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St. Archangel Michael, Prilep.

St Arhangel Mihail, Prilep by Bojan Rantaša, on Flickr

The St. Archangel Michael Monastery above Prilep by Jan Klocksien, on Flickr

Holy place by Elena, on Flickr
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Church of St. John at Kaneo, Ohrid. It was built before the year 1447.

Church of St. John the Theologian - Kaneo by Aleksandar Stolevski, on Flickr

Ohrid by OznK, on Flickr

Saint John Kaneo by Ljupcho Gjorgjijoski, on Flickr

Ohrid Sunset by Tan Yilmaz, on Flickr

Church of St. John the Theologian - Kaneo by Aleksandar Stolevski, on Flickr
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Okay, it's time for something truly special. This particular monastery had a fire and since it is built on the top of a mountain there was a lot of damage. However after the fire they discovered that in its foundations there is a temple of Apollo, or Artemis (or both). The whole site is currently under construction and renovation. The fire only affected the inns, not the church as far as I know.
Treskavec Monastery, in the mountains just above Prilep. Built in the 12th century.

Mt Zlato by Geoff Wong, on Flickr

Treskavec Monastery, near Prilep, Monastery by Scott Newman, on Flickr

Treskavec Monastery by Geoff Wong, on Flickr

Monastery Treskavec 2 by Blagoja Jankoski, on Flickr

Treskavec_Monastery_05-Panorama by Hadrian H. Liem, on Flickr

In this last image you can see the mountain, the monastery is located just at the highest peak, on the right in this image.

Zlato Vrv and Jakupica mountains in early spring by lvalgaerts, on Flickr
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This is my last contribution in this thread.
Saint Panteleimon, Ohrid.

20140516_141942 by Ignacio Gallego, on Flickr

St. Panteleimon Church by Andrey Khrobostov, on Flickr

St. Panteleimon Church by Andrey Khrobostov, on Flickr

St. Panteleimon Church by Andrey Khrobostov, on Flickr

Untitled by Nives Batistić, on Flickr

Saint Panteleimon, Ohrid by Sven Landmeter, on Flickr

20140516_142140 by Ignacio Gallego, on Flickr
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This is my last contribution in this thread.
Or maybe not, since I'm the only one interested in this particular topic.
Here's another example, the monastery is built in a very small village, it was reconstructed with funds from the EU. Built in the 11th century.





This last one is as idyllic as some Christmas card.


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Holy Mary Perybleptos, Ohrid.

Holy Mary Peribleptos Church, Ohrid by Michael Toussaint, on Flickr

IMG_2516 by Michael Kragh, on Flickr

Holy Mary Perybleptos church, Ohrid by Kathleen Kam, on Flickr

Ohrid, Macedonia by John Loach, on Flickr

Ohrid, Macedonia by Dan Bachmann, on Flickr

Here's some other photos from the churches already posted.

Saint Naum Monastery by Andrey Khrobostov, on Flickr

Holy by Jason Drury, on Flickr

Small window by Quinn Dombrowski, on Flickr

Dusk at St. John by Quinn Dombrowski, on Flickr
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At last, the ruined architectural marvel Hagia Sophia. The epitome of Byzantine architecture, unfortunately, completely ruined. These were the only decent images that I was able to find, images where it actually looks like a church, at least a little bit.

Haghia Sophia by Andrea Kirkby, on Flickr

11/30/14: Pilgrims visit Haghia Sophia by OrderStAndrew, on Flickr
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Not sure I would call it completely ruined. Considering what happened it is remarkably intact.
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Not sure I would call it completely ruined. Considering what happened it is remarkably intact.
When I said ruined I was referring to the four minarets on each side, they really ruin the overall aesthetics of the church it doesn't even look like Byzantine church because of them. That's why I've tried to find photos where you can't see them, so people could see the Byzantine aspects.

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Thank you so much! It really means a lot to me. I hoped that at least our southern neighbors would contribute in this thread, but nothing.

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Great thread, keep it up
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Here are some shots of Istanbul from the 1974 film Murder on the Orient Express. I took the liberty of hiding the minarets of both Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque even though I know the latter was built many years after the fall of Constantinople. Galata Tower and a few other ottoman buildings on the other hand are still visible though. Just in case you wonder how Constantiople could have looked in recent times:





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Thank you so much! I really appreciate the effort you've made. It looks so idyllic without the minarets, almost like a fairy tale. One could only wonder how the Hippodrome of Constantinople looked like.
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Every time I see a neo-Byzantine church I'm rather indifferent, or not impressed. But that's not the case with the following example. I've seen this one in person and it was just so imposing and the care for details was amazing, also it looks very south European and I really appreciate that too. Adam and Eve are frescoed on the walls. Church St. Holy Trinity in Radovish. This one has some stunning mosaics on the walls, on the floors, all over the place there is grape inspired motifs. You can search google for better photos of the mosaics.


Sv. Troica od Radoviš 52 [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], by This illustration was made by Rašo
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Sv. Troica od Radoviš 4 [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], by This illustration was made by Rašo
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This next example is one of the most respected and most striking examples of the few remaining examples of Byzantine architecture. Now, I know our south neighbors aren't very fond of their northern neighbors (actually they really really don't like us), but since they didn't contribute in this thread I'll share photos of the following church. It was build in the 11th-century during the rule of the Macedonian dynasty in Constantinople. You can see yourself the obvious similarity of the church with some of the genuine churches I've shared from my country previously. Here's one example from our south neighbor.

Hosios Loukas in Greece.

Hosios Loukas by Sab Vzr, on Flickr

Hosios Loukas Monastery by MCAD Library, on Flickr

Hosios Loukas by Sab Vzr, on Flickr

Hosios Loukas by Brad Hostetler, on Flickr

Hosios Loukas by Brad Hostetler, on Flickr

Hosios Loukas by Brad Hostetler, on Flickr

Hosios Loukas by Szabolcs Mosonyi, on Flickr

Hosios Loukas Monastery by Thomas Mulchi, on Flickr

Hosios Loukas by Sab Vzr, on Flickr
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Okay I'm back with examples from my country.
Monastery of St Archangel Michael and St Hermit Gabriel of Lesnovo, Macedonia.

Lesnovo monastery-Monastery of St Archangel Michael and St Hermit Gabriel of Lesnovo - Свети Архангел Михаил и пустиножителот Гаврил Лесновски by boban onosimoski, on Flickr

Lesnovo monastery by Martin Dimitrievski, on Flickr
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