It has been suggested by Cyril Mango that the concept of a palace
chapel, with its own clergy, and reserved exclusively for the use of the
Imperial court, did not emerge until the ninth century. St Mary of
the Pharos, which was built in the Great Palace at Constantinople was, he
concludes, the first documented church of this kind. However, Richard
Krautheimer and his disciple Wayne Dynes, had maintained that there
were in fact earlier palace chapels, and that they exhibited a...[Show more]
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