Saturday, October 14, 2017

Virgin of Protection, Istanbul, Turkey

Virgin of Protection, Istanbul, Turkey , 911 - October 14

Begun in 450 by Empress Aelia Pulcheria, the church complex of St. Mary in the Blachernae district of Constantinople was one of the most sacred sites in Byzantium, housing a fountain of holy water, a miraculous icon of the Virgin, and her robe, sash,...

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Icon of the Protection of the Mother of God

Icon of the Protection of the Mother of God , 10th cent. - October 14

The Russians attacked Blacherne in the year 860 but fled before the relic of Mary's cloak and they asked the missionaries for their country.    In the next century (X century), to Blacherne, the Virgin appeared to Andrew, a Foolishness for Christ...

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