Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Virgin Mary Hodigitria

One of the objects on display at the Byzantium exhibition was a tapestry showing the procession of the Virgin Mary Hodigitria ("she who shows the way"). This was a painting of Mary made in her lifetime by St Luke which ended up in Constantinople. By the fourteenth century it was kept in a special tabernacle in the Monastery of the Hodigitria in Byzantium and was taken out and carried publicly in procession every Tuesday. It was destroyed by the Turks when they captured the city in 1453.


Blogger Eurodog said...

I think a day trip is in order.

10:04 am  
Blogger kinglear said...

Er if it was destroyed bu the Turks, how is it viewable now? Or do you mean Byzantium was destroyed? Only asking...

1:25 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are far brainier and more erudite than I, so you will have more fun with this little puzzle.

I suspect you are one of these pesky 'early risers' so you will not have heard it on this morning's Today.

It is on Listen Again, about 2hrs 22 minutes into the programme [just after the 8.10 interview about the BBC ]

3:27 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Yes you must ED!

Hi KL - the icon was destroyed but a tapestry which depicts it is on display.

Hi Anon - I'll have a look at that.

9:05 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Ellee - I deleted your comment by mistake! I'm very sorry to hear of the Turks' treatment of your mother's family

8:58 am  

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