Theotokos in Chalkoprateia
Author(s) : Karakatsanis Dimitris (20/10/2008)Translation : Panou Eirini (1/12/2008)
For citation: Karakatsanis Dimitris , "Theotokos in Chalkoprateia", 2008,Encyclopaedia of the Hellenic World, ConstantinopleURL: <http://www.ehw.gr/l.aspx?id=11783>
The monument is located near the church of Hagia Sophia. It was one of the most important churches dedicated to the Virgin Mary in the early Byzantine Constantinople. Today it preserves only few architectural remains. It was built by Verina, the wife of Leo I, probably after 474. The church hosted the patriarchal see during 532-537 and was rebuilt in the years of Basil I. According to the tradition, the girdle of the Virgin Mary was kept there.
To the north of the Patriarchate and in a small distance from Hagia Sophia
second half of the 5th c.
1. Location and origin of the name of the Theotokos in Chalkoprateia
2. Literary sources
2.1. The construction of the Byzantine church
2.2. The Byzantine church in the centre of historical developments
3. The architecture of the church
3.1. The history of research
3.2. The architectural type
4. The internal decoration
5. The frescoes of the octagon structure
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