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The Small Vlacherna Palace is a ruined three-storey palace, built in Vlahernai at the beginning of the Palaeologus' rule. Presumably it is identified with the Porphyrogenitory Palace mentioned in Byzantine sources. The most complete picture of his appearance is given by Texier and Salzenberg’s sketches made in the middle of the 19th century. The three-storey building of a much more extensive palace complex in Vlahernah was built on the place where the Feodosiev walls merge with the walls of the Vlahernn proper suburb. The lower tier with four arches supported the second floor with five large windows and a long balcony on the east side. The entire upper floor was probably occupied by a two-light throne room. The decorative effect is based on a combination of brickwork with tile and white marble splashes, favorite of Paleologs. In 1453, the Turks rushed into the city through the gates of the Circus, which is directly adjacent to the palace. In the 16th century, the menagerie of the Sultan, then the house of tolerance and the poorhouse, was located in Tekfur-Saray, as the Turks called him (distorted from the Armenian Tagagor - king). In the XVIII century there were workshops for the production of tiles like Iznik. At the beginning of the 20th century, on the territory of the palace, they tried to organize the production of glass containers. Despite the absence of interfloor ceilings and a roof, the Small Palace has been preserved better than other Constantinople palaces and therefore gives the most complete picture of the secular architecture of the late Byzantine period. Restoration work here began only in the middle of the XX century. Today you can see only the outer walls of the palace. Its three-story facade is decorated with elaborate geometric patterns created using white stone and red bricks in masonry. The first floor of the palace is an arched gallery, where elegant marble columns are used as supports. On the second and third floors of the palace, the rounded upper parts of the windows are framed by a pattern created by alternating red and white stones. In some places the ornament on the walls resembles a honeycomb or an intertwined lattice.
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