Monday, March 05, 2007

New "Byzantine Paintings" in Bethlehem's Nativity Church?

A new report (Marsh 5) in the Arabic website Elaph from its correspondant in Bethlehem Usama Issa has revealed new stunning "Byzantine paintings" found in a newly discovered room annexed to Bethlehem's Church of Nativity. The reporter published what he described as "inedit" pictures of these paintings.... The reason that this discovery is still unannounced is unknown though the reporter says that this is done by the Latin Patriarchat, which is not ready to create some conflict among the Christian community at Bethlehem (?!)... Anyhow the paintings feature Christ Pantocrator (in Majesty), a very common Byzantine icon, along with standing Figures... though not mosaics (as many Byzantine "Christ Pantocrator" church images)...



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