Dr. Nicholas Melvani (Tarih Araştırmaları Enstitüsü, Atina) 13 Mart 2018 Salı günü saat 17:00'da Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Bizans Çalışmaları Araştırma Merkezi'nde "Three Constantinopolitan Monasteries in the Late Palaiologan Period" başlıklı konuşmasını gerçekleştirmiştir.
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The end of the 14th and the beginning of the 15th century mark the beginning of the final phase of
Constantinople's Byzantine history. Several texts describe the city as depopulated and consisting
mostly of conglomerate units among fields, by referring to the fact that large parts had been abandoned
and that several buildings were in ruins. Throughout the 15th century the monasteries of Constantinople
appear in the literary and archival sources as glorious imperial foundations, pilgrimage destinations,
and landowning institutions; their monks are attested as important players in crucial events, such as the
discussions concerning the Union of the Churches, and as leading scholars who promoted humanist
studies in Byzantium and Italy. Three monasteries situated in different parts of the city are particularly
noteworthy as cult centers: the monastery of the Hodegoi near the Great Palace, the monastery of the
Virgin of Zoodochos Pege just outside the land walls, and the monastery of Saint Theodosia close to
the Golden Horn. All three of them had a rich past as major shrines and attracted large numbers of
pilgrims on an international scale; thus, they defined the sacred character of their respective urban
zones. At the same time, the hagiographic texts about them and the miraculous icons they housed
contributed to the circulation of their fame throughout the Eastern Mediterranean and to the
perpetuation of their legacy even after the Ottoman Conquest of Constantinople. The presentation will
deal with the impact of these three monasteries on the sacred topography of Constantinople during the
final decades of Byzantium.