THE TREASURES OF THE PATRIARCHATE
ICONS OF THE PATRIARCHAL CHURCH


T
he successive wanderings and ravages of the patriarchal church have costed the loss of many icons. The two mosaic icons of the Virgin Pammakaristos and of St. John the Baptist were among the few treasures rescued with great difficulty from destruction. As recorded, in 1587, «Nicephorus rescued books, icons, relics and other sacred objects that were inside the church». The archives published to this day do not allow an overall appraisal of the art treasures that had adorned at times the patriarchal church, since no lists or records of the icons have survived. Besides, the so-called «Treasury of Hagia Sophia» has not been published as yet by the Turkish art historians, and it is therefore unknown whether it has preserved any important art treasures from the Byzantine era.
In 1933, G. Soteriou was able to locate in the whole area of Constantinople no more than 135 old icons that had belonged to churches and monasteries. The number is indicative of the great destructions that occurred in Byzantine and post-Byzantine times. Today the icons preserved are even fewer.


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