|St. Savior's Church Chora|
The church is simply the most beautiful I have ever seen.
|Plaza at Chora Church|
|On the southern wall of the arch of the aspe (the semi circular recess |
of the sanctuary) is the Virgin Mary with the Child Jesus on her lap.
|The main body of the Church|
|Theordore Metochites presenting the Chora Church to Christ|
|Joseph brings the Virgin Mary to his home|
|Miracle at Cana|
At a wedding ceremony in Cana Jesus turn water into wine.
|Underneath the wall of the aspe are depicted Saint Basil, Saint Gregory|
and Saint Cyril of Alexandria
|Virgin Mary, Child Jesus and Angels |
In the middle of the dome in the Parecclesion (a side chapel) are the figures
of the Virgin Mary holding the Child Jesus as he gives a blessing
with his two hands. Surrounding them are twelve angels
|The Trip to Bethlehem|
On the left Joseph is sleeping when an angel approaches him to tell him
the good news. On the right is the Virgin Mary astride a donkey
accompanied by another family traveling to Bethlehem.
Jesus Christ give his blessing while holding the Holy Book
|Enrollment for taxation|
Cyrenius, the Governor of Syria, is seated on the left. A Roman soldier
confers with Joseph as the Virgin Mary looks on.
The Virgin Mary receives the news of her pregnancy from an Angel. In
front of the house stands her mother Anne who is praying to God.
|Presentation of Virgin Mary |
On a decorative medallion in the middle of the vault three priests sit and
Joachim, holding the Virgin Mary, presents his daughter to them.
|John the Baptist, Jesus and Satan|
On a medallion on the northern side of the church John the Baptist shows
Jesus to the people standing behind him on the shores of the River Jordan.
On the right side is Satan.
|Mary's marks her choice of husband|
Mary is seating in front of 12 sticks inside the cyborion from which she must
mark her choice of husband. Chief Priest Zaccharian is praying on his knees.
|In the middle of the vault is a flying angel carrying a snail |
representing the"Cosmos" and "Paradise." This is the first time in
Byzantine art that a snail is used to depict "Paradise."