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"Theotokos Mosaic, Hagia Sophia, Constaninople" by Dimitry B on Flickr - Built in the 6th century, Patriarchal Basilica Hagia Sophia ("Holy Wisdom") was transformed into a mosque at the fall of Constantinople and is now a museum. It's famous for its massive dome and considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture. It was the largest cathedral in the world until the completion of the one in Seville in 1520, and had a 50-foot (15 m) silver iconostasis.

"Theotokos Mosaic, Hagia Sophia, Constaninople" by Dimitry B on Flickr - Built in the 6th century, Patriarchal Basilica Hagia Sophia ("Holy Wisdom") was transformed into a mosque at the fall of Constantinople and is now a museum. It's famous for its massive dome and considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture. It was the largest cathedral in the world until the completion of the one in Seville in 1520, and had a 50-foot (15 m) silver iconostasis.

Our Lady - Chernobrovin Prokhorovich Ivan (1805 -?). Nevyansk. Wood dowels through mortise curly and face. Canvas, gesso, tempera, zolochenie.107 × 62 × 3.7 cm

Our Lady - Chernobrovin Prokhorovich Ivan (1805 -?). Nevyansk. Wood dowels through mortise curly and face. Canvas, gesso, tempera, zolochenie.107 × 62 × 3.7 cm

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Icon with our Lady of Kazan Moscow, late 19th century; pendants: St Petersburg, firm of Carl Fabergé, 1890–1900, Wood, tempera, silver, gold, brilliants, rose-cut diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, rubies, pearls, enamels, 31.5 x 27 cm,  Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

Icon with our Lady of Kazan Moscow, late 19th century; pendants: St Petersburg, firm of Carl Fabergé, 1890–1900, Wood, tempera, silver, gold, brilliants, rose-cut diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, rubies, pearls, enamels, 31.5 x 27 cm, Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

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I know this is a Byzantine picture, but I'm filing it under Middle East because it is of St. George and the Dragon. For some reason the Egyptian Copts are really into him - he's all over Alexandria. Everywhere. I just wish I knew why.

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