The apse depicts the Virgin Blachernitissa in the posture of an orant flanked by the Fathers of the Church, including St. Cyril, St. Basil, St. Athanasius, St. John Chrysostom, St. Ignatius of Antioch and St. James with the names of two other saints missing. The semi-dome would have held a Pantocrator on the 1207/08 layer, but the traces of the earlier layer suggest that it once held the symbols of the four evangelists.
Date of Visit
3rd May 2003
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Emma Loosley, “Apse frescoes of the Virgin Blachernitissa with the Fathers of the Church,” Architecture and Asceticism, accessed January 22, 2019, http://architectureandasceticism.exeter.ac.uk/items/show/533.