Panagía Mavriótissa Monastery (northern Greece), was built in the Macedonian style with twin churches. The main Church of the Virgin (Panagía) dates from c 1000 A.D. Its exterior south wall is decorated with 13th. Century frescoes, in particular the Tree of Jesse.
The Tree of Jesse is an depiction in art of the Ancestors of Christ, shown in a tree which rises from Jesse of Bethlehem, the father of King David; the original use of the family tree as a schematic representation of a genealogy. It originates in a passage in the Biblical Book of Isaiah which describes metaphorically the descent of the Messiah, and is accepted by Christians as referring to Jesus. The subject is often seen in Christian art, particularly in that of the Medieval period. The earliest example dates from the 11th century.
The Last Judgement with the long-toothed damned is depicted in the narthex. There are 12th. Century frescoes on some of the walls. The Chapel of John the Evangelist was added in the 16th. Century.
The Sümela Monastery, Turkey. Founded in the year 386 AD during the reign of the Emperor Theodosius I (375 - 395). It reached its present form in the 13th century after gaining prominence during the reign of Alexios III (1349 - 1390) of the Komnenian Empire of Trebizond (established in 1204).
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