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Byzantine Thessalonike

The Rotunda
The church of the Acheiropoietos
The basilica of Ayios Demetrios
The chapel of Ayios Euthymios
The monastery of Hosios David
The metropolitan church of Ayia Sophia
The church of the Panayia Chalkeon
The church of the Ayioi Apostoloi
The church of Ayios Nikolaos Orphanos
The church of Prophitis Elias
Vlatadon Monastery
The White Tower
The walls of Thessalonike

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The Vision of Prophet Ezekiel
The Vision of Ezekiel with the Epiphany of the beardless Christ, the symbols of the four evangelists, prophets Ezekiel and Habakkuk and the rivers of Paradise, 475-500, Thessalonike, Monastery of Hosios David.

The calf, symbol of the evangelist Luke
Detail of the Vision of Ezekiel with the calf, symbol of the evangelist Luke, Thessalonike, Monastery of Hosios David.

Prophet Ezekiel
Detail of the Vision of Ezekiel with the prophet in an attitude of wonderment, Thessalonike, Monastery of Hosios David.

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The calf, symbol of the evangelist Luke


Prophet Ezekiel

The chapel of Hosios David in the Old Town of Thessalonike was once the katholikon of the monastery of Christ the Saviour. The attribute "tou Latomou" (of the Quarry), given to the monastery, may be explained by the existence of stone-quarries in the vicinity.

The chapel is an Early Christian cruciform building of the late 5th or early 6th century. The sanctuary apse is decorated with the famous scene of the Vision of Ezekiel with Christ ascending into Heaven on a mandorla above the four rivers of Eden, on the banks of which the prophets Ezekiel and Habakkuk are seated. The young face of Christ is suffused with Divine Love. The symbolic nature and artistic quality of the work cannot fail to move the beholder.

The wall-paintings in the chapel (Nativity, Baptism, and fragments of other subjects) are of outstanding importance and date to around 1160; they belong to the academic style of Komnenian art.

See Also
History - Late Antiquity (324-565)
Travelling - Byzantine Macedonia


Macedonian Heritage
Content courtesy Ekdotike Athenon S.A.