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Old December 26th, 2005, 12:57 AM   #41
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Church of "ΠΑΝΑΓΙΑ ΤΡΥΠΗΤΗ" (Panagia Trypiti - fountain of life (Virgin Mary) church build inside a cavity on a big precipice at the outskirts of the town )
Town of Aegion , North Peloponnese


150 steps lead up to the ascetrerion, a small cave. It was here that the Miraculous Icon of the Mother of God was discovered. It is an art of Osios Lucas and miraculous. According to tradition, during the 17th century a voyager was shipwrecked off the shores of the Corinthian Gulf. In the darkness of the night he discerned a light near the shore. Summoning all his strength he finally made his way ashore and reaches the place where the light shone. As he approached the spot, he was amazed to find himself before an icon of the Virgin in front of which a lamp was burning. The voyager erected a small chapel on the spot, which developed into a renewed Monastery. Panagia Trypiti became the protectess and Patron Saint of the Christians of the area, and a National Shrine.

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Old December 28th, 2005, 06:15 AM   #42
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Great work Skaros! Top photos.

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Old December 28th, 2005, 11:09 PM   #43
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Να σαι καλά Κωνσταντινούπολη και Χρόνια Πολλά! Σε χάσαμε για λίγες μέρες ελπίζω να είσαι καλά!
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Old December 29th, 2005, 01:59 AM   #44
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This pic among others is more then just impressive

GREAT JOB Skaros
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Old December 31st, 2005, 11:28 AM   #45
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Να σαι καλά Κωνσταντινούπολη και Χρόνια Πολλά! Σε χάσαμε για λίγες μέρες ελπίζω να είσαι καλά!
Μια χαρά είμαι δόξα των Θεό.

Σου εύχομαι και εγώ με την σειρά μου Χρόνια Πολλά και καλή δύναμη
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Old January 4th, 2006, 12:42 PM   #46
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Church of "PANTANASSA"
Medieval byzantine town of Mystras - South Peloponnese


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Mystras occupies a steep foothill on the northern slopes of Mt. Taygetos, 6km. NW of Sparta. The castle on the top of the hill was founded in 1249 by the Frankish leader William II de Villeharduin. After 1262 it came under Byzantine control, and at the middle of the 14th century became the seat of the Despotate of Moreas. In 1448 the last emperor of Byzantium, Constantine XI Palaeologos, was crowned at Mystras. In 1460 the hill was captured by the Turks and in 1464 Sigismondo Malatesta of Rimini managed to capture the city but not the castle. For a short period Mystras came under the control of the Venetians (1687-1715) but was again taken over by the Turks. It was one of the first castles of Greece to be liberated in 1821. The foundation of modern Sparta by king Otto in 1834 marked the end of the old town's life.





Monastery of Our Lady Pantanassa (the Queen of all).
Build in the 15th century(1428), by John Phrangopoulos, the Pantanassa was the last edifice to be raised during the Despotate, and it provides an example of a harmonious conflation of the various styles of church architecture fashionable at Mystra into a single unity.
Architecturally, the Pantanassa resembles the Aphendiko and the Metropolis: basilica type below, cruciform with domes on the upper storey.




Two porticoes, one (preserved intact) overlooking the valley of the Eurotas, another outside the narthex, and of which only traces of the base of the wall survive, provided a felicitous harmony to the church's numerous architectural volumes. These porticoes, a popular feature of ecclesiastical architecture at Mystra, although of Constantipolitan origin, were adapted with such a sound sense of both calculation and fantasy to the difficulties inherent in the configuration of the ground that they succeeded, in conformity with the space available, in achieving a most original and aesthetically satisfying equipoise to the various architectural volumes.



In the north-west corner a superb four-storied belfry with foundations in the court, and whose lowest storey contains a chapel .surmounts the whole complex of buildings.
The two upper stories of the belfry have large pointed arches of Gothic influence with <<tympana>> decorated with threefold apertures on all four sides. Unmistakable indicators of Western artistic influences are apparent in whole construction; the melon shaped cupola the turrets on the summit, the small windows with a cupola trefoil design above the colonnade.
Different artistic styles are also evident in the expert and lavish exterior decoration of the sanctuary, which is divided into three zones. The upper zone, embellished with brickwork decoration,is indeed completely Byzantine. if not Constantinopolitan, in style;The middle one, late Gothic in style, is decorated with small pointed arches and stone-wrought garlands adorned with blooms; the lower one is plain and unadorned.
The church which, apart from the dome, has remained intact, unharmed by the ravages of time, possesses frescoes in a relatively good state of preservation.
From the women's gallery upwards, the paintings are of the Byzantine period, contemporary with the actual foundation of the church. The most characteristic works are the << Virgin Platytera>> in the sanctuary and, on a higher level the Ascension which spreads across the entire vault of the sanctuary. In the curved expanse of the east arm of the cross which circumscribes the base of the dome are depicted the Entry to Jerusalem and the Descent into Hell, which is in a women's gallery are representations of the Annunciation on the left, the Nativity on the right.
The Presentation in the Temple and a somewhat damaged Baptism spread across the west vault near the narthex. In the north vault are depictions of the Transfiguration and the Raising of Lazarus. The little domes and walls of the women's gallery are decorated with fairly well preserved figures of prophets.



The frescoes on the upper register are the last representative works of Byzantine art, which, although << now approaching its twilight>> , still possessed sufficiently dynamic potentialities to << create new styles>> and raise <<pretty little Churches>>.





These frescoes are distinguished by a wide range of lavish colour - combinations unique in Byzantine art, by the number of figures depicted in the compositions, by the crowded architectural detail with numerous edifices filling in the background of the various scenes, and, above by a tendency to reproduce a human form which corresponded physically to the setting in which it was placed.
On the south side of the narthex is the tomb of Manuel Hadzikis, a Byzantine notable of Mystra, who is depicted on the wall in an attitude of prayer.
Tradition has it that the bones of Theodora Tocco, first wife of Constantine Palaelogous, were lain in the Pantanassa. On the other hand, the historian Phratzis records that her mortal remains were buried in 1429 in the Monastery of the Life-Giver, that is to say, St. Sophia.
The hospitable nuns of the Pantanassa, who charm the visitors with their civility and kindness, are the last remaining inhabitants of the ruined city, destined to play the dual role of survivors and guardians of the Byzantine tradition.

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Old January 5th, 2006, 12:17 PM   #47
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wonderful frescoes!!
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Old January 11th, 2006, 11:22 PM   #48
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This one is for the dear friends Arpels and Majevsan ! It is one of the churches in my city that i like more (except of course Hagios Andreas - with the fresco of Christ pantokrator that you liked Majevsan!)


Holy church of Pantokrator -City of Patras , North Peloponnese (Ιερός Ναός Παντοκράτορος , Άνω πόλη )
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This is considered the oldest church of the city , though there is almost nothing left from the early periods. It was built in 900 A.D. on the place of an ancient temple of Zeus.During the ottoman era it was a mosque.
The church that we see today was actually built just after 1828.
(the orignal design was a copy of Pantokrator in Konstantinoupoli (Istanbul) (also known as Molla Zeyrek Camii ) - though in our days the church does not look so much the same except the "lead domes" )







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Old January 12th, 2006, 03:45 AM   #49
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Beautiful churches.
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Old January 18th, 2006, 02:06 AM   #50
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Some more pics for all of you dear friends! Special greetings to the good friends who like byzantine art Arpels , Majevcan , and all the orthodox christians of EE , i wish you a good year 2006!

Saint Apostol Andreas cathedral - Patras













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Old January 18th, 2006, 03:03 AM   #51
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Amazing Skaros!!!

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Old January 19th, 2006, 01:50 AM   #52
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Να σαι καλά πατριώτη! Χαίρομαι που σου αρέσουν!
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Old January 19th, 2006, 05:31 AM   #53
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Beautifull pictures guys, well done. Top stuff.
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Keep them coming Skaros! Its not only the pictures you post but the detailed analysis and explanations. I truly learn a lot!
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Old February 10th, 2006, 02:30 PM   #56
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Saint George cathedral , Nafplion , Peloponnese (16th century)

Άγιος Γεώργιος . Ναύπλιο , Πελοπόννησος



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Η εκκλησία του Αγίου Γεωργίου χτίστηκε από τους Βενετούς στις αρχές του 16ου αι. και στο εσωτερικό διακοσμήθηκε με τοιχογραφίες και εικόνες, αντίγραφα μεγάλων Ιταλών ζωγράφων, από τις οποίες διατηρείται μία, αντίγραφο του Μυστικού Δείπνου του Λεονάρντο ντα Βίντσι.

It is a Byzantine-era monument set at an angle, with five domes dating from the early 16th century, a Venetian arcade and campanile. Inside there are wonderfull wall paintings dating back to 16th and 19th century.




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Church of Saint Apostols - ΆΓΙΟΙ ΑΠΟΣΤΟΛΟΙ ( 1310 A.D.)
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The church is of the complex cross-in square type, with a triconch sanctuary in the east, a U-shaped ambulatory surrounding the three other sides of the naos and an exonarthex to the west of the ambulatory. The decoration of the interior is a combination of mosaics (on the upper part of the walls) and wall paintings (on the lower part).

The church was the catholicon (main church) of a monastery, probably dedicated to the Mother of God (Panagia). It was founded in 1310-14, by Patriarch Niphon I, as is attested by an inscription on the marble lintel over the entrance and the three monograms on the dosserets of three capitals on the west facade of the church. During the Turkish occupation of the city, in the years 1520-1530 it was converted into a mosque. At this time the golden tesserae of the mosaics were hammered down and the rest of the paintings whitewashed. After the liberation of the city in 1912, it was restored to Christian worship.

Excavations in the area around the monument began in 1995 and are still in progress.
The monument was restored in 1940-41 and again after the earthquakes of 1978. At the same time, the wall paintings were cleaned and restored.
Today the monument functions as a church.
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Church of Agios Antonios ( ΑΓΙΟΣ ΑΝΤΩΝΙΟΣ )
- Peristeri , Athens (beside the METRO end station Ag. Antonios)


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Beautiful churches, beautiful thread!
Good job, Skaros - see you in Greece this summer
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