This blog is about the Byzantine culture and civilization which centred at the city of Constantinople, spread across Europe, Asia and Africa and greatly influenced people’s lives and deeds. Around the Mediterranean, from the steps of Kiev and the Russian mainland down to the Nile and its Copts; and from the domes and mosques of the Muslim East it spread all the way up to France and the courts of the German emperors. Though politically Byzantium ceased to exist in 1453 when the capital itself fell to the emerging power of the Ottoman Turks, its culture had such deep roots that it continued to influence not only the Ottoman Empire, but all the states which saw themselves as successors to a culture so familiar and so deeply missed.

 

The Christ Pantocrator Mosaic from Cefalu Cathedral; in his hand Christ holds the Gospel of John in which we can read in Greek and Latin: “I am the light of the world, who follows me will not wander in the darkness but will have the light of light”.
One of the most artistic byzantine mosaic of Sicily.

The Christ Pantocrator Mosaic from Cefalu Cathedral; in his hand Christ holds the Gospel of John in which we can read in Greek and Latin: “I am the light of the world, who follows me will not wander in the darkness but will have the light of light”.

One of the most artistic byzantine mosaic of Sicily.

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    A masterpiece of Norman architecture and Byzantine styles
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