• Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of The Holy Trinity on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of The Holy Trinity on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Rossanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of The Holy Trinity on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of The Holy Trinity on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of The Holy Trinity on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of The Holy Trinity on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of The Holy Trinity on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of The Holy Trinity on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of The Holy Trinity on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval gilded manuscript cover depicting the Crucifixion. 11th century from the treasury of the Cathedral of Maastricht. AD.  <br />
This gilded with relief panel with inlaid stones was originally a manuscript cover. Since 1677, it contained the 'documents of the oath of the Dukes of Brabant'. The back of the panel is covered with precious fabrics. On the front, in the central part, is depicted a crucifixion the style of which is reminiscent of the works of the goldsmiths of the Emperor Henry II. On the borders are small icons and emblems including those of the Carolingians. The main interest of this work lies in the four enamelled on gold symbols of the evangelists in the four corners, two being 'Enforced’ on a background of gold, the others being painted.<br />
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One of Latin inscriptions states that 'Beatrice  ordered the execution ( of this work) in honour of Almighty God and his saints“. It could be Beatrice wife of Hermann II of Swabia and daughter Emperor's sister-Conrad II or, more likely, Beatrice of Tuscany who in 1036 was wife of Boniface III, Marquis of Tuscany, and second wife of Geoffrey the Bearded, Duke of Lower Lorraine and Brabant.<br />
 The Louvre Museum, Paris.
  • Medieval gilded manuscript cover depicting the Crucifixion. 11th century from the treasury of the Cathedral of Maastricht. AD.  <br />
This gilded with relief panel with inlaid stones was originally a manuscript cover. Since 1677, it contained the 'documents of the oath of the Dukes of Brabant'. The back of the panel is covered with precious fabrics. On the front, in the central part, is depicted a crucifixion the style of which is reminiscent of the works of the goldsmiths of the Emperor Henry II. On the borders are small icons and emblems including those of the Carolingians. The main interest of this work lies in the four enamelled on gold symbols of the evangelists in the four corners, two being 'Enforced’ on a background of gold, the others being painted.<br />
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One of Latin inscriptions states that 'Beatrice  ordered the execution ( of this work) in honour of Almighty God and his saints“. It could be Beatrice wife of Hermann II of Swabia and daughter Emperor's sister-Conrad II or, more likely, Beatrice of Tuscany who in 1036 was wife of Boniface III, Marquis of Tuscany, and second wife of Geoffrey the Bearded, Duke of Lower Lorraine and Brabant.<br />
 The Louvre Museum, Paris.
  • Roman mosaics - Close up of The Wedding of Dionysus mosaic. Dionysus Villa Ancient Zeugama, 2nd  century AD . Zeugma Mosaic Museum, Gaziantep, Turkey.<br />
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The Wedding of Dionysus and Ariadne Mosaic, which belongs to the House of Dionysus, is one of the most special mosaics around the world. In the scene, Dionysus and Ariadne are sitting on a sofa. There are three maenads, musician, the wedding god and two sirens around them. <br />
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The mosaic gives the impression of a painting due to the rich variety of colors and luminous/shadow effects used. The fact that there are many figures within the mosaic and their high pictorial quality, on the other hand, makes the mosaic much more special. <br />
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The House of Dionysus is the villa where a rescue excavation was conducted in 1992 upon the received intelligence telling that traffickers had been digging the area. After the excavations, the mosaic now you behold was unearthed along with some geometric mosaics. In terms of the exactness in the anatomy of the figures, the perspective, and the rich variety of colors it is among the most precious and important mosaic around the world. <br />
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The Museum had conducted activities in order to display the mosaic where it belongs and in a natural manner. However, such a big portion of the mosaic as two thirds was stolen by the historical artefact traffickers in 1998 from the place of display. The parts of the mosaic are not found yet. After the robbery, the remaining parts were transported to Gaziantep Museum and displayed after restoration. The stolen part of the mosaic was left blank. The searches continue in order to find the missing parts through the Interpol.

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