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Istanbul Archaeological Museum 1136
17-MAR-2006

Istanbul Archaeological Museum 1136

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As a viewer suggested there can be found comments that this fragment belonged to St. Polyeuktos. On this site can be found a picture of a fragment very similar to the one on my picture. The caption says: "Note: Found during construction work in Istanbul, this marble block with an inscription provided the first clue to the identification of the church of St. Polyeuktos. The fragmentary inscription was identified as part of the dedicatory inscription of the church which was recorded and preserved in the so-called Anthologia Palatina, a collection of inscriptions from buildings and other monuments in the city of Constantinople. St. Polyeuktos was built around 524-7 by Anicia Juliana and stood adjacent to her own palace. "

And on the same page is a picture of one of the columns in front of the Baptistery of St. Marc in Venice, which I know pretty well and have slides of.

For Venice fans the article I found about another part of the church in la serenissima .

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Hereford boy 03-Mar-2011 14:42
I have read in a few places that this comes from the church of st Polyeuktos, the ruins of which are near ataturk bulvari. It was possibly the first domed building in the city, being older than any of justinians churches. It was later pillaged extensively by both the byzantines and the venetians during the 4th crusade. Two of its columns are now to be seen outside st marks in venice