Gospels of Korça

Gospels of Korça

Turkey — 10th century

Gospels of Korça

93 Central State Archive of Albania (Tirana, Albania)
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Gospels of Korça

The State Archive of Tirana, Albania houses a wonderful assortment ca. 100 Byzantine and post-Byzantine manuscripts. Number 93 of that collection, the so-called Gospels of Korça, is a splendid 10th century Gospel Book produced during the Macedonian Renaissance, a blossoming of Byzantine art and culture in the 9th–11th centuries that corresponded with the reestablishment of the Byzantine Empire as the preeminent power of the Eastern Mediterranean. Originally produced in Constantinople, the Gospels of Korça was used and venerated as a holy artifact in the metropolis of Korça in modern Albania for centuries. The text, written in brown ink while red ink and gold was used for chapter titles, was formatted in the shape of a cross, which is rare among Byzantine manuscripts. Six Canon tables introduce the manuscript and Four Evangelist portraits depict the authors of the Gospels dressed in turquoise tunics and pink robes. Nearly every page of this splendid manuscript is adorned with floral, zoomorphic, and architectural motifs.


Alternative Titles
Evangeliar von Korça
Codex of Korça 93
Four Gospels of Korça
To Tetraeuaggelion tes Korutsas
Katërungjillëshi i dekoruar i Korçës
10th century

Available facsimile editions:
Facsimile Editions

#1 Katërungjillëshi i dekoruar i Korçës : (kodiku i Korçës nr. 93)

Limited Edition: 1300 copies
Binding: The facsimile comes in a case (44 × 24 × 8 cm) containing the facsimile, the commentary volume, and a magnifying glass.
Commentary: 2 volumes by Sokol Çunga, Andi Rëmbeci, Agamemnōn Tselikas and Ioannis Vitaliotis
Languages: English, Albanian

The facsimile edition includes a combined commentary volume containing both volumes.
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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