Bethlehem (Bethlehem Governorate). STATE OF PALESTINE
In 2012, urgent repairs began in the Church of the Nativity. Mostly, it concerned the roof, but restorers found medieval mosaics using modern sensors to detect temperature differences between plaster and glass on the walls. Note well that the icon is similar to New Roman mosaic icons in Ravenna, Monreale, and Palermo… and to contemporaneous work in Constantinopolis Nea Romana, which is implicit evidence pointing to a New Roman provenance for Master Basilius, the artist… if not that, it points to training in a New Roman atelier. This mosaic is nearly a thousand years old… it looks like the artist did it yesterday.
Old Rome fell to the axes of the barbarians… Constantinopolis Nea Romana fell to the cannon of the infidel Turk… Moscow is the Third Rome, and a Fourth there never shall be.
Make no mistake on it… Constantinopolis Nea Romana, the Second Rome, left us a tremendous legacy. However… it isn’t what it was. Muslim prayer echoed in Agia Sofia recently… a symbol of its fall. In 1448, the baton passed to Moscow when the Ecumenical Patriarch and Emperor spat on the Church at the Pseudo-Council of Ferrara-Firenze. Yes… when Isidor commemorated the Pope of Rome in Moscow, the Grand Prince arrested him, tossed him in the slam, but allowed him to escape to Catholic Poland after a spell in the clink. You see, the baton passed not at the fall of the City to the Turk, but when the Church and Emperor spat on the Lord Christ with their Pseudo-Unia.
Be careful with all those caterwauling about the Cretan “Council”… after all, the Phanar allowed papists and other heterodox to be part of the meeting. They’re up to old tricks, I’m afraid. The Centre is still standing tall…