Jewel of Byzantium: Istanbul's Church of the Holy Savior in Chora with Dr. Thomas Madden

Jewel of Byzantium: Istanbul's Church of the Holy Savior in Chora with Dr. Thomas Madden


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To visit the Chora Church (Kariye Mosque) in Istanbul is an experience like none other. With its walls and ceilings covered in remarkably preserved frescoes and mosaics from the early fourteenth century, it welcomes all to the rich culture of Byzantium, a civilization that has long since passed away. Revealed only in the 1940s, the vibrant art of Chora depicts intimate scenes of the life of the Virgin Mary, moving images of Christ's ministry, and majestic panoramas of the Last Judgment and the Harrowing of Hell.

In this seminar, author and historian Dr. Thomas F. Madden will guide participants through the history of this remarkable structure and introduce some of the extraordinary artistic achievements found in its lush decoration. With the recent Turkish decision to convert Chora into a mosque and the fear that this has evoked for the future of this building, this seminar is of especially timely interest.

Interested in further seminars on Istanbul and its religious buildings? Dr. Thomas F. Madden presents a seminar on Hagia Sophia.

Thomas F Madden is a Professor of History and Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University. As an author and historical consultant, he has appeared in such venues as The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN, and The History Channel. He is a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Medieval Academy of America, and he is a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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An Outstanding Presentation of an Ancient Christian Site at Risk

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G.E.S.
Chora
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J.
Mosaic and Fresco Splendor in Istanbul
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F.F.
Explained what I saw three years ago when jetlagged
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M.M.
An Outstanding Presentation of an Ancient Christian Site at Risk