Mamluk Tarot

This will not be for those who have problems with the ethereal/intangible stuff ‘n’ nonsense in life. But it’s of interest to me on a few levels. In 1927, an incomplete set of playing/tarot cards was found in the Topkapi, Istanbul. I’m reading up the literature – apart from the main book written about this […]

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Sakhalin

Sakhalin Island has interesting links to the History of the Tartary Empire. What and where is this island? WikiGoRound : Sakhalin From this came a little “coincidence” or several. The Dutch East India Company. The Jesuits. A 17th century Dutch cartographer called Maarten Gerritszoon Vries. And a nice little resource of volumes about the “discoveries” […]

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Far Out

This theory is mine and mine alone. So, I’ll only have myself to blame if it’s wrong. Heyho! Shrug. Hagia Eirene (see a previous post) plus The GREEK name of Andronicus I Comnenus’ mother.    

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Hagia Eirene

Hagia Eirene (photo between 1888 and 1910). The current building dates from 532. Its predecessor was the first church commissioned by Constantine in Constantinople. From NC : The Church of St. Irina is one of the first basilica temples of the apostolic Christianity, which replaced the former circus temples of patrimonial Christianity   FromWiki : Hagia Eirene  […]

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15 Degrees

From NC :   The Church of St. Irina is one of the first basilica temples of the apostolic Christianity, which replaced the former circus temples of patrimonial Christianity Today we all know well that the altars of Christian churches are directed to the east. It must be said that for many old temples this direction […]

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When is a Church not a Church?

“Antique” circus in the Syrian city of Bosra When it is a 13/14th century temple/circus.   “Antique” temple of Bel in Palmyra (Syria)   “Antique” temple of Bel in Palmyra (Syria) – different view   P.S. Temples came before Basilicas.  

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Song of Songs

Illustration for the first verse, a minstrel playing before Solomon (15th century Rothschild Mahzor)   Wiki : Song of Songs   From NC : It is well known that the Bible includes literary works attributed to King Solomon. This is the “Song of Solomon’s Songs” and the “Book of the Wisdom of Solomon.” The Song of Songs […]

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Who’s Who?

The first one is easy peasy. Mark. Clock Tower, St Mark’s Square, Venice   I’m guessing/taking a punt with John as the human face. Only because of the name and the phrase – “Woman, Behold Your Son” (John 19:26-27)     Bull/calf and eagle have me stumped for the mo’. But I’ll get there :o)

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Tetramorph

Wiki : Tetramorph   “The elements of the Christian tetramorph first appear in the vision of Ezekiel, who describes the four creatures as they appear to him in a vision: As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: […]

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How Old is Hagia Sophia?

Map of Constantinople – 1520 6th century? Or… 16th century?   Enlarged from the plan above  

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