Vita Basilii

Name of text: Vita Basilii
Author of text: Anon
Date of text: 10th century
Date of person in text: ruled 866-886
Name of structure in text: Nea Ecclesia
Type of structure in text: church
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Country in text: Asia Minor
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City in text: Constantinople
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[…] and built a Divine and exceedingly beautiful temple dedicated to them [Christ the Lord, archangel Michael, Elijah the Tishbite] and, to their everlasting memory, as well as to the Virgin and to Nicholas who holds the first rank among the hierarchs.  […] The emperor offered this church to Christ, the immortal Bridegroom, as a bride decked out and adorned with pearls and gold and gleaming silver and, moreover, with a variety of many-coloured marbles, mosaic compositions and silken robes. 

The ceilings of that five-domed church glitter with gold and flash forth beautiful representations like stars …
Mosaic date in text: 9 AD
Tesserae silver mentioned in text?
Tesserae gold mentioned in text?
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Chronographiae quae Theophanis Continuati Nomine Fertur Liber quo Vita Basilii Imperatoris Amplectitur, trans by Ihor Šev?enko (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2011), 83-84, pp. 272-75 

Mango, Cyril, The Art of the Byzantine Empire 312-1453 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1986), p. 194


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