Deesis Mosaic of San Cipriano - Potsdam, Germany
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 52° 24.058 E 013° 02.605
33U E 366889 N 5807437
Quick Description: A mosaic from a church in Venice, moved to a church in Prussia
Location: Brandenburg, Germany
Date Posted: 3/8/2019 6:13:31 PM
Waymark Code: WM106P5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:

A Deesis is a classical piece of Byzantine art - a traditional iconic representation of Christ in Majesty, enthroned, carrying a book, and flanked by the Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist.

This particular Deesis is a mosaic that was manufactured in the late 13th century for the small church of San Cipriano on the island of Murano in the Venetian Lagoon.

In addition to Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist, it shows St. Peter standing next to Mary and the martyr St. Cyprian, namesake of the church of San Cipriano, standing next to John the Baptist. Above Jesus Christ, there is a dove as a symbol of peace.

In 1834, the church was to be decommissioned and demolished. Frederick William IV, at the time crown prince of Prussia and a big supporter of the arts, purchased the mosaic for 385 Thalers and had it shipped in its entireness to Potsdam.

In 1848, the mosaic was incorporated in the Church of Peace in the Prussian capital, illustrating Frederick William's dream of a "christian state" where the king was regarded as a divine emissary.

Specific visit requirements:
During summertime, from March 15 to October 15, the church is open to the public daily from 9AM to 5 PM. The rest of the year, it opens for service every Sunday at 10 AM. There are also organ concerts on a regular basis.

Friedenskirche Potsdam
Am Grünen Gitter 3
Potsdam, Germany

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