This old church stands on the ancient agora in Athens, Greece; a beautiful little byzantine Chapel that has stood on this spot for basically forever (that is such an exaggeration but whatevs.) The Church of the Holy Apostles is in such an interesting spot. It’s literally in sight of the Parthenon, you know, the ancient temple dedicated to Athena Parthenos, daughter of Zeus.
One of the Apostles, I’m guessing Matthew, Mark, John, or Luke.
One particular type of art I was really looking forward to seeing on our trip through the Mediterranean is mosaic. The images used in these old churches were heavily stylized so as not to be “graven” images or idols of false-worship and whatnot. I find the aesthetic really pleasing to the eye. I’d seen art like this in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, but never “in the wild.”
I think a good ol’ Cupola is an architectural motif that really brings the concept of heavenly light to life
I think the image above is a good reason for the “Masterpieces of Light and Space” title. The whole point of sacred places is to make you feel that there is a greater presence, and the best architects over the millennia have been able to do that through the use of negative space and light.
Church aside, something about this image captures the charm of Greece in general for me. Perhaps because some of my best memories of traveling through that beautiful country involve sitting in simple chairs at simple tables.
Just outside the door of the shrine, high up on a bluff, is the defining characteristic of Athens – the acropolis. Isn’t it wonderful that you can see the visages of the old gods from the doorstep of a current one? To see the similarities in style that transcend religion altogether and join a past epoch to ours? The answer is yes. Neener neener.