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Christ Pantocrator at Chora Church, Istanbul, Turkey

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In Christian iconography, Christ Pantokrator refers to a specific depiction of Christ. Pantocrator or Pantokrator (from the Greek Παντοκράτωρ) is one of many Names of God in Judaism. When the Hebrew Bible was translated into Greek as the Septuagint, Pantokrator was used both for YHWH Tzevaot "Lord of Hosts" and for El Shaddai "God Almighty".

The iconic image of Christ Pantocrator was one of the first images of Christ developed in the Early Christian Church and remains a central icon of the Eastern Orthodox Church. In the half-length image, Christ holds the New Testament in his left hand and makes the gesture of teaching or of blessing with his right.


The Church of Holy Savior in Chora (Turkish Kariye Müzesi, Kariye Camii, or Kariye Kilisesi — the Chora Museum, Mosque or Church) is considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of a Byzantine church. The church is situated in Istanbul, in the Edirnekapı neighborhood, which lies in the western part of the municipality (belediye) of Fatih. In the 16th century, the church was converted into a mosque by the Ottoman rulers, and it became a secularised museum in 1948. The interior of the building is covered with fine mosaics and frescoes.


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  1. Onasill ~ Slowing Down 42 months ago | reply

    A stunning view ~ A stellr capture.

  2. Katarina 2353 42 months ago | reply

    Great perspective!

  3. Yuji_in_Paris 42 months ago | reply

    Ferry, your photostream is full of beautiful photos from many different places! Another great shot! And, Istanbul is another place I always wanted to visit!

  4. Parallel..... 42 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the doses of history...........great ceiling color!!

  5. e r j k p r u n c z y k 42 months ago | reply

    I can't find all the words to properly acknowledge this image. Ferry, you are something else.

  6. judo_dad1953 42 months ago | reply

    great colors!

  7. lutzm@n......... 42 months ago | reply

    wonderful shot Ferry....well done...

  8. XIGLER 41 months ago | reply

    so perfect!

  9. Michael Echteld 39 months ago | reply

    Mooie kadering.

  10. *Lie ... on & off ... ! 39 months ago | reply

    Prachtig !
    De details zijn schitterend , Ferry !

    Seen in the group"De Doka (1 foto/1 comment)" (?)

  11. realsandro 37 months ago | reply

    great capture. The sharpness in this pic is really good

  12. bent.christiansen 34 months ago | reply

    Fantastic view and the architecture really gets me .........so beautiful.

  13. Edwin van Tilburg (Busy moving to a new appartment 15 months ago | reply

    mooi, hier ben ik lang geleden ook eens geweest

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