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Byzantine Fresco Chapel

4011 Yupon St, Houston, TX 77006-4840
+1 713-521-3990
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wonderful to see the Fabiolo project

We had no idea what was inside. The chapel was showing one exhibit of paintings of Fabiola a... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2018
MikeBirdman
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Acton, Massachusetts
Fascinating conceptual art project

Houston seems to have a thing for bunker-like 'chapels' (see also the Rothko Chapel one block down... read more

Reviewed 1 April 2018
AllanJGJ
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reopened in 2015, the former Byzantine Fresco Chapel (BFC) has been repurposed to house an experimental series of year-long, site-specific contemporary art installations. Originally opened in 1997, the BFC was designed by architect Francois de Menil to house an installation of two 13th-century Christian frescoes from Cyprus that were on long-term loan.
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4011 Yupon St, Houston, TX 77006-4840
Neartown/ Montrose
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

We had no idea what was inside. The chapel was showing one exhibit of paintings of Fabiola a fourth century saint. The hundreds of paintings are shown on one huge high wall. These were all collected by one man. All sorts of quality from great...More

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Houston seems to have a thing for bunker-like 'chapels' (see also the Rothko Chapel one block down the road) but while this building is somewhat prepossessing outside it currently has an excellent little exhibition inside: the Fabiola project. Start by looking at the video which...More

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Reviewed 22 March 2018

We found this place completely by accident, but it turned out to be one of the best things we visited while in Houston! We originally intended to see the Menil Collection, but it was closed for renovations so we found our way to the other...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

We were in Houston for Spring Break and intended to visit The Menil Collection, which was unfortunately closed until later this year for renovations. (Should have done my research!) Instead, we wandered around the neighborhood and the smaller surrounding exhibits. The all around fave of...More

Thank Cooper K
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Reviewed 12 January 2016

This building was mad to house a Byzantine chapel that was eventually returned to the original place, now the space is for art exhibitions. it is very near the Rothko Chapel and when I went they had a fun piece by Janet Cardiff & George...More

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Reviewed 27 November 2015

The byzantine frescos are no longer on view, but the building is part of the Menil Museum campus and has changing exhibits. Wonderful indoor and outdoor space. Peaceful and welcoming.

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Reviewed 2 June 2013

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.

Thank enlit
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Reviewed 27 April 2013

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...More

Thank Cindi P
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Reviewed 15 April 2013

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...More

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Reviewed 5 April 2013

I miss this place. It was truly something spectacular. Alas, it went back home to Turkey. I wish it was still here.

Thank Frances C
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