A lost church of Byzantine Constantinople: The Perivleptos, lecture by Professor Jonathan Harris (University of London), Helleinc Centre, London, June 9 at 7:00pm
Visitors to Istanbul today can experience only a few surviving examples of the hundreds of churches and monasteries whose domes would have dominated the city's skyline in Byzantine times. The Church of the Virgin Perivleptos, built by Emperor Romanos Ill Argyros (1028–1034), was one of the most splendid ecclesiastical buildings in Constantinople but has now vanished almost without trace. This fully illustrated lecture will recount the building's history, reconstruct its appearance and suggest how and why it finally disappeared.
The lecture is supported by the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies and the Hellenic Centre.
Free entry for SPBS members, but RSVP is required.