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Chora Church is about 18 km west of Istanbul and what it lacks in size compared to the much larger Hagia Sophia / Aya Sofya Mosque, it makes up for with the sheer volume and quality of the Byzantine Art depicted in almost every available wall, ceiling and nave. Depicted here is the Governor of Syria on the throne at left, the tax scribes in the centre, and a pregnant Mary at right. Apparently Mary and Joseph are registering for taxation in Bethlehem, which is now part of the West Bank, Palestine / Israel. It may have been Syrian 2000 + years ago.

Here's a shot I found from keep&share.com showing the entire scene and its context. Joseph is to the right of Mary.

https://www.keepandshare.com/userpics/c/p/o/l/lari/2011-08/sb/04_img_0314-65083862.jpg?ts=1312656985

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