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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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