Category Archives: History

Transition to Christianity, Onassis Cultural Center, New York City

An insightful art exhibition at the Onassis Cultural Center in New York City is providing answers to one of the central mysteries of Western civilization. How did Christianity evolve from a persecuted religious sect under the Roman Empire into a … Continue reading

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Byzantine Prayer Box Found in Jerusalem Dig

 The miniature box adorned with cross dates from 6-7 century AD. It contains two icons surrounded by gold leaf. By Gil Ronen First Published in IsraelNationalNews.com 27 Oct 2011 Archaeologists in Jerusalem discovered a miniature Christian prayer box that dates … Continue reading

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Qsar-Libya a Byzantine oasis in the Libyan desert

These mosaics are from the sixth century. Some lovely pictures from the ancient church of  Qsar-Libya. (the ancient city of Theodoureas). The city was rebuilt by Justinian in the name of his wife Theodora. The curious thing about this archaeological … Continue reading

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Temple of the ‘Bride of the Desert’

Each night at sunset, the “bride of the desert,” as she has been known for centuries, gets dressed for her wedding. In those last moments of daylight, she dons a robe of stunning colors—the buttery yellow of her limestone columns … Continue reading

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Caliph Harun Al-Rashid Era – A Golden Age of Islamic Civilization

I found this very interesting and adding to the context of the 19th Annual Runciman lecture by by Professor Robert Hillenbrand on the subject  of “Byzantine Architecture reconfigured in early Islamic Syria”  By Nazeer Ahmed First published in OnIslam.net 9 … Continue reading

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Hungary celebrates 555 years of decisive victory over Turks

Hungary is celebrating a decisive victory over the Ottoman Empire more than 500 years ago, which is still remembered in Catholic countries by the ringing of church bells after the Turks had captured Constantinople. from Digital Journal The Hungarian Parliament … Continue reading

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Bulgarian Archaeologists Uncover Major Church Built by Byzantium’s Last Emperors

Bulgarian archaeologists have unearthed the main church of a 14th century Byzantine monastery built by the last dynasty of the Eastern Roman Empire located in the Black Sea town of Sozopol. First published in Novinte.com, 7 July 2011 The team … Continue reading

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