Sketch 20: A mysterious pattern from the St. George Church in Istanbul

Mirosław Majewski


It was in 2010 when I first time visited the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul. The church located in the Phanar district, facing the Golden Horn, is full of beautiful Byzantine icons and valuable historical objects. Between them is the very famous patriarchal throne that is attributed to St. John Chrysostom (398-404). At this day I have spent there about half an hour admiring beautiful icons and the very ornate interior of the church. While leaving it I saw near the entrance a mysterious box covered with a very curious pattern. I made a photograph of it and I went out to visit other Greek churches in the Phanar. I did not pay any attention to this box, as at this time I was more interested in Byzantine icons.


Fig. 1 The Patriarchal church of St. George is the fifth church in Constantinople to house the Ecumenical Patriarchate since the 15th century. Formerly a convent for Orthodox nuns, it was converted to the patriarchal offices by Patriarch Matthew II (1598-1601). Patriarch Timothy II refurbished the church in 1614, and Patriarch Jeremiah III rebuilt it after a fire in 1720). It was repaired in 1836 by Patriarch Gregory VI and restored recently under Patriarch Bartholomew.

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Workshop Symmetrica 2015


ENGLISH: Information about Symmetrica 2015 workshop is posted on the page  Information in Polish, information about the program of the workshop is posted on the page  Program, photos from the workshop are posted on the page Galeria, Symmetrica 2015.  This workshop was conducted in Polish (sorry Erol, Jack and others), but perhaps the next one will be in English? Just remember ‘perhaps’.

POLISH: Informacja o warsztatach Symmetrica 2015 znajduje się na stronie Information in Polish, informacja o programie warsztatów jest na stronie Program, informacja o zgłoszonych wykładach i zajęciach warsztatowych jest na stronie Zgłoszone wykłady i warsztaty. Zdjęcia z warsztatów znajdziecie na stronie Galeria Warsztatów Symmetrica 2015.

Sketch 12: Stars from the great Hagia Sophia

fig_012Hagia Sophia, or Aya Sofya in Turkish, is the largest Byzantine church in the world. Its current name is a shortened form of the full name The church of the Holy Wisdom of God. The current building is almost 1500 years old. It was commissioned in 532AD by the Emperor Justinian I, and designed by a physicist, Isidore of Miletus, and a mathematician, Anthemious of Tralles. The construction was finished in 537AD. Continue reading “Sketch 12: Stars from the great Hagia Sophia”

Sketch 5: Geometric ornament in art and architecture of Western cultures

fig_005In this text we will examine the role of geometry in selected examples of art and architecture from selected regions of the Western World. We will start from the Byzantine Empire. In the beginning we will briefly look at the role of geometry in Byzantine architecture and architectural decorations. Then we will explore other types of architectural decorations where geometry was used while creating these decorations. We will examine selected Cosmati designs in Roman architecture. Continue reading “Sketch 5: Geometric ornament in art and architecture of Western cultures”

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