Sketching the Byzantine church Panagia Chalkeon

Panagia Chalkeon in Thessaloniki is a high Byzantine style architecture church built in 1028 AD, during the times of the Macedonian dynasty’s renaissance in arts and architecture, a period of recovery and magnificence of the Eastern Roman Empire, aka the Byzantine Empire, after a few centuries of “dark ages” when it had to face the pressure of the new religion of Islam and the internal convulsions reflected in Iconoclasm. Doing architectural sketching, is a means for me to internalise even more the character, features and symbolism of such an example of old architecture and artistry, which influenced the entire region of the Southeast Europe.


My aim, through this series of blog articles, is to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania and Southeast Europe, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of world’s architectural history and heritage.


If you have a historic house project in Romania or other country in Southeast Europe, I would be delighted to advise you in aspects pertaining to its architectural history and ways to preserve as much as possible from its period fabric and aesthetics in the course of restoration or renovation works, or to counsel you with specialist consultancy work related to that project. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this website.


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