Church of St. Michael in Akcaabat

The Church of St. Michael in Akcaabat, located around 15 km west of Trebizond (modern Trabzon). The structure, which was relatively recently functioning as a house, perhaps dates to the 13th or 14th century. While its present dome is entirely restored, it is probably similar to the original dome. It has an opus sectile floor in black, white, green and terracotta red. Its exterior is unique, perhaps indicating Armenian or Georgian influence.

Plan by Balance

Map of Trebizond


The Byzantine Monuments and Topography of the Pontos by Anthony Bryer & David Winfield

Byzantine Painting at Trebizond by Millet and Talbot Rice

Byzantium’s Other Empire: Trebizond by Antony Eastmond

Byzantine Architecture by Cyril Mango

Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture by ​Richard Krautheimer 

Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium edited by Alexander Kazhdan

“Religious Buildings of Trebizond” by D. Talbot Rice

“The Byzantine Churches of Trebizond” by Selina Balance

“La Sainte-Sophie de Trebizonde” by N. Brounov

“Les Monasteres et les Eglises de Trebizonde” by G. Millet


Trebizond Album (Byzantine Legacy Flickr)

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