The name “Chora” is a double entendre. In Greek it translates as “pasture” or “territory,” referring to the fact that the church sat outside the city walls. But it also tips its hat to the Virgin Mary, who’s often referred to as the “unplowed field.” Kinda sounds like bawdy romance-novel language, doesn’t it? Anyway, that’s Mary up above the window, with the fetus baby Jesus still in utero, represented by a floating bubble over her belly. The image references another of Mary’s nicknames: “The container of the uncontainable.” Nice to be reduced to a mere metaphorical piece of Tupperware, isn’t it?

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