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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 Resurrection from Agioi Apostoloi
Section of wall-painting depicting the Resurrection with Christ, Adam and Eve, prophets and judges, 1312-1315, Thessalonike, church of the Agioi Apostoloi.

The Nativity of
Saint John the Baptist
Detail of wall-painting depicting the nativity of Saint John the Baptist with a midwife preparing to bathe the infant, circa 1330, Thessalonike, church of the Agioi Apostoloi, chapel of Prodromos.

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The Resurrection from Agioi Apostoloi
1312-1315


The Nativity of
Saint John the Baptist

Circa 1330

The church of the Ayioi Apostoloi was once the katholikon of a monastery dedicated to the Panayia Gorgoepekoos (Virgin Swift to Succour) founded by the patriarch Niphon in 1310-14.

It is a composite cross-in-square structure with dome, arcades on three sides, double narthex, and superb tile decoration on its exterior surfaces. The great diversity in the architectural arrangement of the exterior of the church has produced in the interior a variety of surfaces that have been decorated with mosaics and wall-paintings.

The mosaics, executed before the dismissal of Niphon, are masterpieces of Palaeologan art. Their noble and elegant figures avoid any exaggeration of dramatic expression. The wall-paintings executed in about 1330, following the restoration of Niphon by Andronikos III, are not so different from the painting done in the decade 1310-20, but they have acquired a more articulate character.

See Also
History - Late Byzantine period (1204-1430)
Civil wars
Civilization - Architecture (1204-1430)
Sculpture, pottery and minor arts (1204-1430)
Travelling - Byzantine Macedonia


Macedonian Heritage
Content courtesy Ekdotike Athenon S.A.