- An area of Constantinople (q.v.) located in the northwest corner of the city where the sumptuous Blachernai palace, renovated and added on to by the Komnenoi emperors, was located. In the 12th century, it replaced the Great Palace (q.v.) as the home of the emperors. Robert of Clari (q.v.) describes the palace as having 200-300 rooms and 20 chapels, all decorated in gold mosaic and filled with precious treasures. The adjacent Blachernai church, restored by Romanos III (q.v.), was an important cult center dedicated to the Theotokos (q.v.).
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