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NLM - The Church of San Miniato al Monte in Florence
« on: October 25, 2013, 01:03:58 PM »
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Today, the Italian city of Florence keeps the feast of Saint Miniatus, (or Minias; San Miniato in Italian) who was martyred there during the persecution of Decius in 250-51 A.D. The authentic story of his martyrdom is now lost to us; he is traditionally said to have been the son of an Armenian king, who served in the Roman army, and was beheaded for being a Christian after various torments. He was buried on the large hill that looms over the city on the far side of the Arno river; a small shrine was built over the site of his burial, but replaced in the early 11th century by a magnificent basilica, one of the finest examples of Romanesque art in all of Italy. His relics today are kept in the crypt of the church.

http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2013/10/the-church-of-san-miniato-al-monte-in.html#.Umqm32TwJEw

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"What people say when they speak on their own account is repellent and murksome, for their words do not come from the living spring of the Spirit, but are spawned from the morass of their own heart, a bog infested with the leeches, snakes and frogs of desire, delusion and dissipation; the water of their knowledge is evil-smelling, turbid and torpid, sickening to those who drink it and filling them with nausea and disgust."

Gregory of Sinai, On Commandments and Doctrines

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Re: NLM - The Church of San Miniato al Monte in Florence
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2013, 02:04:03 PM »
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Re: NLM - The Church of San Miniato al Monte in Florence
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2013, 03:42:37 PM »
Do you know the time period of this icon?

One of the greatest ironies of Christianity is that many of the best preserved examples of pre-iconolastic iconography and of the best of the Middle Byzantine period are preserved and remain venerated in the churches of the west in Italy and Sicily under the jurisdiction of the Pope of Rome.

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Re: NLM - The Church of San Miniato al Monte in Florence
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2013, 03:46:08 PM »
Do you know the time period of this icon?

The caption for this photo at that link dates this mosaic to 1297. 
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"What people say when they speak on their own account is repellent and murksome, for their words do not come from the living spring of the Spirit, but are spawned from the morass of their own heart, a bog infested with the leeches, snakes and frogs of desire, delusion and dissipation; the water of their knowledge is evil-smelling, turbid and torpid, sickening to those who drink it and filling them with nausea and disgust."

Gregory of Sinai, On Commandments and Doctrines

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Re: NLM - The Church of San Miniato al Monte in Florence
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2013, 03:47:17 PM »
Do you know the time period of this icon?

The caption for this photo at that link dates this mosaic to 1297. 

End of Middle Byzantine IIRC.