Church of St. Athanasius of Mouzaki
St Athanasius of Mouzaki (Greek: Άγιος Αθανάσιος του Μουζάκη) is a Greek Orthodox church located in Kastoria, Greece. It was built in 1383–84 by the brothers Theodore II and Stoya of the house of Muzaka, a noble Albanian family that controlled the city at the time, and dedicated to St. Athanasius It is considered one of the most important monuments of 14th century Kastoria and is the last church built in Kastoria before its annexation by the Ottoman Empire.
The church is decorated with scenes of saints dressed in Byzantine clothing, a typical feature of Byzantine iconography. An unusual feature of the church is that despite the fact that St Alexander is traditionally not included among the ranks of military saints, the church of St Athanasius of Mouzaki is decorated with a portrait of St Alexander in military clothing. Another feature, atypical in Byzantine iconography, is the depiction of Virgin Mary as a queen.
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