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Istanbul Kariye or Chora Church

Istanbul Kariye or Chora Church

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This is the end of the Paracclesion, where the frescoes are. This is the "Anastasis" (Resurrection), in particular a scene known in English as the Harrowing (smashing up, breaking open) of Hell. Christ has broken down the gates of Hell which lie beneath his feet. Satan, bound, lies before him. With his right hand he pulls Adam out of his tomb, behind Adam St. John the Baptist, Salomon and other righteous kings. With his left hand he pulls Eve out of her tomb; standing in it is Abel and behind him more righteous.


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