I felt cramped, and cannot remember what I actually saw when I was there. The outdoor area seemed squeezed out of what was left over in their lot.
This chapel was built to house frescoes from a Byzantine chapel in Cyprus that were purchased by the deMenil's with the sanction of the Cypriot government. The first time I visited this chapel, the presence of God was so powerful I had to sit down for some time at the entrance before I could actually view the frescoes. Absolutely stunning.... More
This modern and intimate little chapel’s restored 13th-century Byzantine frescoes, presented under opaque glass arches, invite worshipful and reflective contemplation. The chapel is a sacred site; it isn't a place meant for restless or noisy children. The entire softly lit space directs visitors’ attention on the restored fresco fragments and encourages prayer and meditation. The spare, black, plank-like seating soon... More
I'm an art and history lover...drove out to see this....fragments of a fresco...ok, cool, for 3 minutes....that's it?
This was the best example of Byzantine Art in North America but unfortunately they have been returned to their native Greece and are no longer in Houston. The story of how they were sold on the black market but saved and restored by the Menils is very much a part of their history.
Before the museum was closed to return these gifts os our past, I went to see them one last time. No other museum in Harris County could touch the beauty and chaaracter of these early frescos of earlier centuries of the Mediterrean cultures. The Menil preserved them for all generations to see and enjoy. Someday maybe they will be seen... More
On the University of St Thomas campus, the chapel is definitely a place for those who want to see something that is both sublime and spectacular. Can be viewed as a church or a work of art. Not large but what is well done has been done well.
This is walking distance from the Rothko chapel and Menil collection, and is a beautiful little gem of a building. Historical Byzantine mosaics from a chapel in Cyprus, this is a rare treat to see in this part of the world. Fantastically set in a modern building, with great lighting and atmosphere.
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