Yet, as is clear from Vasileios Marinis' illuminating essay on the neo-Byzantine
Greek icon painter Fotis Kontoglou (1895-1965), tradition is equally important.
splendor contrasts with the static that nearly occludes the degraded footage of Roth reading his poetry, a tribute to that artist's own half-rotten works.
The city has many significant historic buildings, such as the neo-Byzantine
Aleksander Nevski Church with its bold gold dome and striking Sveta Nedelya Cathedral, admired for its vibrant murals and an equally colourful history.
But only four of its five neo-Byzantine
pavillions, arranged around an enormous Italianate clock tower, were ever built before the pounds 250,000 budget ran out.
Westminster Cathedral London's only example of neo-Byzantine
architecture and the principal Roman Catholic church offers a magnificent campanile that emerges 274 feet into the sky.
Explore ancient mosques, souks, bustling medinas or the Neo-Byzantine
influenced Roman Catholic Cathedral of St Vincent de Paul in Tunis, located in the city's European quarter.
The Roman Catholic Westminster Cathedral, the neo-Byzantine
masterpiece of John Francis Bentley, was consecrated on 28 June 1910.
And towering above everything is the awesome neo-Byzantine
Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica.
The first is the huge neo-Byzantine
basilica dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Montmartre, built at the behest of devout Catholics as an act of expiation for the sins that had led to France's defeat in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870 and the sacrilegious excesses of the Parisian Communards during their uprising in 1871.
It was fitting that an exhibition of his work, titled Neo-Byzantine
Redneck, included displays of plastic kitsch alongside a DNA sample in a reliquary constructed of wood and copper, with a glass vial holding unspecified bodily fluid.
Not to be missed is the Alexander Memorial Church which is an impressive neo-Byzantine
building right in the heart of the city commemorating the czar who drove out the Turks in the 19th century.
In one early shot Mae West and Alice Lade appear with this caption: "Alice, who used to have 'it,' studies the neo-Byzantine
smile of Mae, who still has 'it,' along with what it takes.