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  1. Chora Monastery Museum Nativity, Istanbul (Constantinople)

    Among the beautiful mosaics of the Chora Monastery Museum, The Nativity is featured in this video to the accompaniment of Ti Ypermaho Byzantine Hymn to the Virgin Mary.

     The Deisis —Supplication — Mother of God. Walk through the door of the Chora Monastery Museum and you step back in time. One-thousand-four-hundred-seventy-three years, to be exact, when Chora was one the many beautiful churches that adorned Constantinople, the jewel in Byzantium's crown.

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  2. Svatava’s Nativity — A free Download

    Svatava's Nativity — courtesy of Svatava Vizinová of Zábrdské Betlémy Crèche Museum — is yours as a free download. (Roll your mouse on and off the Crèchemania version, above, to see the differences with the original.)


    In her beloved museum, Svatava doing what she loves best — besides cutting-out and assembling nativities, that is — reverse-glass, podmalby painting.
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  3. Berlin Cathedral Nativity

    The altar screen of Berlin Cathedral frames a video of this glorious historic church, and features its beautiful stained glass window of The Nativity. [/I][/B]

     Berlin Cathedral rises by the Altesmuseum in Berlin's Schlozzplatz.  Museumsinsel, Museum Island — outlined by the Spree and one of its tributaries — lies a short walk from Berlin's Brandenburg Gate and draws visitors like a magnet: to its world-famous temples of history and art (Bodemuseum, Pergamonmuseum, Altesmuseum), ...
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  4. Die Anbetung der Könige (The Adoration of the Magi), Gemäldegalerie, Berlin

    Die Anbetung der Könige (Worshipping of the Kings) — The Adoration of the Magi — Antonio Vivarini (in collaboration with Giovanni d'Alemagna), 1419-20, Murano. (Gemäldegalerie, Berlin. [/B]One reminder of Berlin's tragic history of partition into West and East lies in a memorial a few hundred yards from its famous Brandenburg Gate. Under the shade of linden trees, black-and-white, poster-size photographs depict those who died at the hands of their compatriots in pursuit of freedom.

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  5. Vojtěch Kubašta's No. 1 Fans in Berlin: Sebastian Koepcke & Thomas Gubig

    (Above, upper right) Graphic and exhibition designers Sebastian Koepcke and Thomas Gubig with Dagmar Kubastovà Vrlkjan at the opening of their Berlin Kubašta Exhibition. (Above, bottom right) Sebastian and Thomas' Pop-up Buecher (Pop-Up Books) catalog, available online. (Kubasta exhibition and catalog photos courtesy pop-up-buecher.de.) 
     Sebastian showing me the sights — Berlin's historic Brandenburg Gate. I've been in the presence of royalty before, in Ravenna's San Vitale. ...
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