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Istanbul Kariye or Chora Church

Istanbul Kariye or Chora Church

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One of some pictures from an earlier visit I keep because people may have linked to them.

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Guest 29-Jul-2008 17:15
KOIMESIS : The Dormition of the Virgin.Before ascending to Heaven,her last sleep.Jesus is holding an infant,symbol of Mary's soul.(nave)
Guest 28-Oct-2006 14:38
Mary's soul is received in heaven by Jesus, not carried there- minor point
Adam R. Paul 19-May-2006 04:41
Yes, that's correct, the baby is Mary's soul. The book I bought on Kariye says so, anyways. Great photo - somehow I missed taking that one when I was there.
Mark 13-Jan-2006 00:59
I understand your confusion. I don't remember where I got this information, but this IS a depiction of the death of Mary, and the baby that Jesus is holding is supposed to represent Mary's soul, to be carried to heaven by Jesus.