Thursday, February 21, 2013

Incantato Concert Tours proudly present the San Marino Chamber Choir at the Euphrasian Basilica in Porec

The Euphrasian Basilica in Porec on the Croatian Coast is one of the most preserved cathedral complexes in the region. This means that the basic components - church, memorial chapel, atrium, bapistry and episcopal palace - are preserved. The Basilica is an example of Byzantine architecture which is a characteristic example of 5th and 6th century religious architecture.

At least four churches were built in succession and only the last, the Basilica of Euphrasius has survived.  The present church was built in the mid-6th century to the orders of the bishop whose name it retains, Euphrasius. All the buildings are richly ornamented with mosaics, alabaster, marble, mother-of-pearl, and stucco. The central feature inside the dome is a representation of the Virgin Mary, holding the Christ Child and flanked by angels, local martyrs and Bishop Euphrasius. Because of its exceptional value, it has been inscribed on the  UNESCO World Heritage List since 1997.

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