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Heritage of Byzantium by BricksandStones Heritage of Byzantium by BricksandStones
This is the church of St. Theodore. One of a number of medieval churches still standing among the ruins of the Byzantine city of Mystras in modern Greece. This was one of the last Byzantine strongholds to fell to the Ottoman Turks in the second half o the 15th century. Although depopulated today, it still stands as a powerful testimony to the Byzantine cultural revival in the period when the 1000 year old Eastern Roman Empire was facing its ultimate downfall.
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bytecheese Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
I don't even know that those kind of Church exist.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Well, they are preserved mainly in the east - from Balkans through north Africa to Mesopotamia, Iraq and Armenia. Russian churches are quite similar too... Anyway thanks for the comment! 
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Lothrian Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful! :)
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
I am very glad you like it! Thank you for the comment! It is good to know that others also appreciate Byzantine art :) Thank you once again!
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SPARTANHAMMOND Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
To me, and I say this with 15 years of study of Greek and Roman history - So don't think of this as a half baked opinion - This is a monument to the dangers of abandoning your own religion, philosophy and indeed deities.

The stagnation that the roman empire fell to as Christianity infiltrated its provinces and people is nothing short of horrifying.

It would seem that a cult dedicated to the values of righteous dictators and self loathing was ultimately unfit to unite what we now call Europe.

Please feel free to disagree and I will happily respond to critiques and polite responses.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
Hi! I just noticed I never answered to this comment - I am very sorry about it, it must have slipped my attention - are you still active on DA so I can answer you?
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Turamber Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
I couldn't disagree more. The Eastern Roman Empire survived for 1,100 years, when it fell it was not due to the religion of its people but multiple socio-political factors.
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autumncielo Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it :)
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Thank you very much for the comment! I am glad you like it! I am a great fan of medieval Byzantium and it is always great to know that someone else also likes it Thanks again!
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autumncielo Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The pleasure's all mine :)
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Marmotica Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful!
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Thank you! I am always happy to see that someone also likes the places I photograph :)
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Marmotica Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure! :glomp:
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EuropeanCar650 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Byzantine was a beautiful empire, I wish it lasted longer.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Indeed it was, as you probably noticed from my gallery I am a great admirer of Byzantine art and architecture and I think Byzantine contribution to the European culture and its role in the preservation and interpretation of Roman and Greek literature is not appreciated sufficiently. Byzantine scholars and artists had a great impact on the development of European culture yet this is rarely noticed. The fall of Constantinople in 1204 as well as 1453 were certainly tragic events...Anyway, I am glad that this photo got your attention and thank you for taking your time to comment on it. I really appreciate it!
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Searleit Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
What amazes me is that those ols buildings (meaning churches) were build a thousand and more years before, yet they stand and in most cases will survive for many centuries to come. And look at many modern buildings that can't last for more than 50-60 years >.<
I like the warm light in this one, and the overall composition - there's enough space to feel comfortable when you look at it, and somehow I can see the surroundings well beyond the edges of this work.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
I guess we have the communist period to thank for that - although many newer buildings are also more valnurable to time than medieval structures. Perhaps it has something to do with artificial building materials? This is probably worng I am not sure... About the photo, Thank you for this comment, it is much more valuable to me than most, usuall 'very nice' types of comments, I am really glad you feel that way. Once again thank you - this really made my evening :)
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Searleit Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Again your welcome :))
I think it might have something to do with
modern building techniques - we live in times
when we hurry with everything, and some things can't be made
in hurry, if they're supposed to be long lasting.
Besides - in former ages, when the technical progress was slower
than today there was more time to develope given technique and to learn
about its many secrets (I think). Now there's no time for anything anymore.
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peterpateman Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Fascinating brickwork and domed roof. Nicely taken picture.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Again, I am really glad you think so :) Byzantine architecture is not very monumental but still, I find it very beautiful, especially late Byzantine architecture :) Thank you for the comment, I really appreciate it :) !
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peterpateman Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure! =)
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morbiusx33 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Beautiful image. Is the church a ruin, too, or just built amid the ruins of Mystras?
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
The church is medieval and contemporary to the rest of the city. It is not ruined although I have seen some archival photos of it with partially destroyed roof. All of the churches in the city were restored recently. The city of Mystras was never destroyed by war, the reason why there are almost no buildings inside left is because they were dismantled for building materials by local population in the early modern period. I suppose churches were not taken down out of respect to religion and orthodoxy. As a result, Mystras is a city of ruins with numerous medieval churches left completely intact and restored inside (many of them have preserved medieval frescoes inside). From what I remember from my visit there one of the churches is still an active monastery. Local nuns are the only inhabitants of Mystras now. The crusader castle and Palace of the despots are left as impressive ruins... Anyway thank you for the comment! I am glad you like this photo and I am always happy see that people care to comment on my photographs, thanks again!
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morbiusx33 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Thank you for the clarification. I see the city is a UNESCO Heritage Site. I would love to visit Greece someday. The cradle of democracy! Thank you for the llama badge, too!
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resada Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
WOW!!! This is just spectacular! Would love to see and learn more. Would love to go to Greece. Tell me why the area is depopulated...is it for preservation reasons?
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Thank you for your kind comment! Greeks are currently restoring the palace of despots (local rulers) but Mystras is abandoned from a long time. The reason for this is because it is located very close to Sparta. When Mystras was built it was built using materials from this ancient city. When Sparta was rebuilt, most of building materials used were stones from Mystras. In a way these to cities are mutually exclusive so when Sparta flourished, the population from Mystras gradually moved to the new city nearby until Mystras was completely abandoned. At least that’s what I remember about it… I am really glad you like this photo!
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ecfield Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the various natural shades of the rock used here. Beautiful workmanship and nicely shot.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
I am glad you like it! I remember reading that mixture of different layers of building materials made the structures more stable (against earthquakes for example). I think the Byzantine architecture is very elaborate even though it is less monumental than gothic…Thank you for the comment!
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ecfield Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I had heard the same thing. Also the reason many ancient stone monuments have perfectly fitted and yet irregular stones. The irregularities keep them fitted during a quake. Even stones tumble about faster.
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Snaphance93 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That is a beautiful shot. The Byzantines built quite some beautiful churches.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Thank you! I am glad you like it! Needles to say, I also think that Byzantine architecture is beautiful! Sadly, a lot of it has been destroyed...
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