The first time I had actually every heard of the Church of St Polyeuktos was when I was doing a book review for this blog on As well as Diverse are their Tones, exploring the relevance of shade in Islamic art and also culture. In his write-up “Blue Behind Gold: Inscription of the Dome of the Rock as well as its Relatives” Dr. Lawrence Nees gave the instance of St. Polyeuktos as being one of the fore-bearers for the color scheme as well as sort of decor used on Dome of the Rock. Dr. Nees painted a radiant photo of a Byzantine church with peacock blue and also green utilized behind gold engravings that left me enthralled with this mystical, spectacular structure and also its founder, I needed to discover extra.
It was throughout my term in Istanbul last loss, at a browse through to Istanbul Archaeology Museum, I remembered Anicia Juliana and also her church again, upon seeing a capital with peacock themes. I located the area allot for the Church of St. Polyeuktos among the Istanbul galleries of the museum, identified by the name of today day neighborhood where they had been dug deep into, Saraçhane. There were some beautiful, elaborately carved late antique marble works, capitals and also columns with a few displayed glass still intact, but visualizing the grandeur and understanding the significance of this church required extra study.
After inquiring, I found out that Saraçhane was the community directly throughout from the Istanbul municipality, near the aqueduct of Valens as well as the pieces resulting in the exploration of this church were found throughout rating operations in the area in the 1960’s. Actually, I had actually probably gone by the site, which is classified an “Archaeological Park,” countless times in my life time. It had been right there, where I took the ideal look to go to the antique flea-market, Horhor, among my favorite haunts in Istanbul. This was just an additional one of the remains of the Oriental past hidden beneath that excellent funding of Empires, Istanbul, it’s destiny, regretfully recalling the overlooked history of Byzantium with the 3pipe eCommerce solutions.
So, what was so special regarding this church as well as how did we assemble a whole picture from the bits of marble scattered about? And also where did Solomon’s holy place suit all this? This, is the great wonder of archaeology and also art historical research, they inform us the tales of the people as well as places of the past, bringing to life a culture, a lifestyle that has actually been long gone and also often even neglected for centuries yet still appropriate to us today. From the misconception surrounding it regarding being an exact replica of the Temple of Solomon to its remarkable decor program which appropriated clearly Sassanian concepts beside timeless Roman ones, the most ostentatious structure of it’s day, Church of St. Polyeuktos, standing in the middle of the processional means, between the Discussion forum Taori and the Church of the Holy Apostles, was waiting to tell us the tale not only of its exceptional customer, who dared to test Justinian, but also the establishment of signs and also symbols of divine and also heavenly kingship in Late Classical times.