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The Hippodrome of Constantinople
Article by Mark Cartwright

The Hippodrome of Constantinople

The Hippodrome of Constantinople was an arena used for chariot racing throughout the Byzantine period. First built during the reign of Roman emperor Septimius Severus in the early 3rd century CE, the structure was made more grandiose by emperor...
Saint Catherine Area in Egypt (UNESCO/NHK)
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Saint Catherine Area in Egypt (UNESCO/NHK)

The Orthodox Monastery of St Catherine stands at the foot of Mount Horeb in Egypt where, the Old Testament records, Moses received the Tablets of the Law. The mountain is known and revered by Muslims as Jebel Musa. The entire area is sacred...
Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna (UNESCO/NHK)
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Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna (UNESCO/NHK)

Ravenna was the seat of the Roman Empire in the 5th century and then of Byzantine Italy until the 8th century. It has a unique collection of early Christian mosaics and monuments. Source: UNESCO TV / © NHK Nippon Hoso Kyokai URL: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/788/...
Venice and its Lagoon (UNESCO/NHK)
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Venice and its Lagoon (UNESCO/NHK)

Founded in the 5th century A.D. and spread over 118 small islands, Venice became a major maritime power in the 10th century A.D. The whole city is an extraordinary architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building contains works...
Church of the Holy Apostles, Athens
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Church of the Holy Apostles, Athens

The Byzantine Church of the Holy Apostles, Athens. Built in c. 1000 CE, it is typical of the Byzantine church model copied everywhere across the Empire.
Byzantine Chapel at Hagia Triada, Crete
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Byzantine Chapel at Hagia Triada, Crete

The Byzantine single-aisled chapel of Agios Georgios lying over the remains of a Minoan villa at the Hagia Triada archaeological site in southern Crete. The church was built during the Venetian period at the beginning of the 14th century...
Column of Hagia Sophia
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Column of Hagia Sophia

A column of Hagia Sophia, 6th century CE, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey. In Hagia Sophia, there are 140 monolithic columns which were brought from different places of the world. For instance; the 8 porphyry columns whose color of purple...
Church of Saint Irene, Istanbul
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Church of Saint Irene, Istanbul

A diagram of one of the finest surviving Byzantine basilicas, the Church of Saint Irene in Istanbul (mid-6th century CE and remodelled in the 8th century CE).
Notre Dame La Major, Marseille
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Notre Dame La Major, Marseille

Neo-Romano-Byzantine Cathedral built from 1852-1896 CE, next to Marseille's passenger port.
Iviron Monastery, Mount Athos
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Iviron Monastery, Mount Athos

The Byzantine Iviron monastery on Mount Athos, northern Greece. Founded in the late 10th century CE.