Found project: St. Saviour in Chora


    Project : St. Saviour in Chora

    Architect : Metochites, Theodore (commissioner)

    Completion: 1321 (3rd building phase)

    Locality : Istanbul

    Country : Turkey

    Building style : Byzantine

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    Description :

    “I will consider Maria Palaeologina, who apparently took both routes commonly open to women of Byzantium, the conventional one of marriage convenient to her family and then a later life in religion and religious patronage…Her story, as intriguing as it is incomplete, poses the question of what it meant to be sent as a bride to live among the Mongols. A mosaic in the church of Kariye Djami in Istanbul invites us to reflect on Maria’s choices ad on her fate…
    After her return from the Persian Mongols to Constantinople and before taking vows as Melane the nun, probably in the second decade of the fourteenth century, Maria Palaeologina, sister of the emperor Andronicus II, donated a precious Gospel Book to the Virgin of Chora, as recorded in a poem by the court poet Manuel Philes. The poem is written as if spoken by a woman named Maria Palaeologina addressing her prayer to the Virgin… It was apparently meant to be recited at the time of presentation of a precious book as a gift to the Chora monastery, a thank-offering, by Maria, who says,

    It was appropriate [for me] to bring, yet with great affection,
    a gift of royal character, as if to an empress,
    for recompensation of the goods [chariton] I enjoyed from her [the Virgin]
    for recompensation of the innumerable dangers I am saved from
    by the alliance and the mighty strength
    of the all-powerful and ever-praised Maiden …

    She hopes in return for her gift to receive salvation:

    … I, Maria, your genuine maid-servant,
    descended from the family of the Palaiologoi,
    I, the empress of the whole Orient.
    But with favor toward me, Empress of all, pay attention
    to what I bring to you with burning heart,
    although at present it is not of equal value.
    And make me come to dwell in the heavenly mansions,
    in the never-ageing house of Eden.”

    Carolyn L. Connor, Women of Byzantium, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2004, pp.312, 315-316.

    Ed. Adzhoa Makkonen



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