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Istanbul Kariye or Chora Church

Istanbul Kariye or Chora Church

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I am now convinced this is Cyril of Alexandria. From Wikipedia: (c. 376 444) was the Patriarch of Alexandria from 412 to 444. He came to power when the city was at its height of influence and power within the Roman Empire. Cyril wrote extensively and was a leading protagonist in the Christological controversies of the later 4th and 5th centuries. He was a central figure in the First Council of Ephesus in 431, which led to the deposition of Nestorius as Patriarch of Constantinople.

Cyril is counted among the Church Fathers and the Doctors of the Church, and his reputation within the Christian world has resulted in his titles Pillar of Faith and Seal of all the Fathers, but Theodosius II, the Roman Emperor, condemned him for behaving like a "proud pharaoh", and the Nestorian bishops at the Council of Ephesus declared him a heretic, labelling him as a "monster, born and educated for the destruction of the church."


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Guest 10-May-2013 14:44
Mike - St Cyrillos (the name is inscribed to the right of the head)
Nikos 05-Oct-2008 15:40
It is not St. John Chrystostom. It is St. Cyrill of Alexandria. He is recognised by the hat on his head
Celica 03-May-2008 20:58
St. John Chrysostom