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Byzantine Fresco Chapel

4011 Yupon St, Houston, TX 77006-4840
+1 713-521-3990
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Originally for Byzantine art and now new exhibitions

This building was mad to house a Byzantine chapel that was eventually returned to the original... read more

Reviewed 12 January 2016
mundosully
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New York City, New York
THE BUILDING IS STILL OPE WITH CHANGING EXHIBITS.

The byzantine frescos are no longer on view, but the building is part of the Menil Museum campus... read more

Reviewed 27 November 2015
ame054
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Montreal, Canada
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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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12 Jan 2016
“Originally for Byzantine art and now new exhibitions”
27 Nov 2015
“THE BUILDING IS STILL OPE WITH CHANGING EXHIBITS.”
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4011 Yupon St, Houston, TX 77006-4840
Neartown/ Montrose
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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 3 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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Reviewed 1 December 2012

I'm an art and history lover...drove out to see this....fragments of a fresco...ok, cool, for 3 minutes....that's it?

Thank Texas2020
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Reviewed 9 November 2012

This was the best example of Byzantine Art in North America but unfortunately they have been returned to their native Greece and are no longer in Houston. The story of how they were sold on the black market but saved and restored by the Menils...More

Thank gloriamaris
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Reviewed 3 November 2012

Before the museum was closed to return these gifts os our past, I went to see them one last time. No other museum in Harris County could touch the beauty and chaaracter of these early frescos of earlier centuries of the Mediterrean cultures. The Menil...More

Thank Barbara W
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

On the University of St Thomas campus, the chapel is definitely a place for those who want to see something that is both sublime and spectacular. Can be viewed as a church or a work of art. Not large but what is well done has...More

Thank Hermann48
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