Found project: Hagia Euphemia

    Project : Hagia Euphemia

    Language variant : Aya Euphemia Kilisesi

    Architect : Antiochos (commissioner)

    Completion: 5th c. (1st building phase)

    Locality : Istanbul

    Country : Turkey

    Building style : Byzantine

    Description :

    (The martyrium of St Euphemia of Chalcedon/ Palace of Antiochus)

    “Returning to the northern end of the hippodrome, shortly before the main road some steps go up to the left. They lead to an open space in which are the remains of some ancient walls. Excavations in the 1950s uncovered the foundations of an hexagonal building with five semi-circular apses, the remains of an early 5th C. palace were built for a nobleman called Antiochus. 200 years later it was turned into a martyrium for St Euphemia of Chalcedon, a victim of one of Diocletian’s persecutions in the early 4th C., for in the early 7th C. her body was transferred from Chalcedon to Constantinople and needed a suitable home. This was not to be St Euphemia’s last resting place, however, for after the Conquest, when the site was requisitioned, her relics were rescued and kept by the Patriarchate. They are now in the Patriarchal church in the Fener.”

    Jane Taylor, Imperial Istanbul (Iznik – Bursa – Edirne), Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1989, pp. 18-19

    Ed. Adzhoa Makkonen

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