The transfer of the relics of St John the Chrysostom

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In the upper zone we have the transfer of the relics from Komana of Cappadocia to Constantinople, in January 438. A litany of priests, led by patriarch Proclus and the emperor Theodosios II, carry in a golden coffin the saint's relic, after receiving it from the imperial ship. The ship is a Byzantine dromon, and has a red flag with golden cross. In the back, we can see three smaller ships and thirteen boats. In the lower zone, the interior of the church of Hagioi Apostoloi in Constantinople is depicted -in the middle the imperial couple and the patriarch are depicted, while in front the gold coffin with the saint's relic. The icon provides valuable information on the architecture of the now destroyed church.