Interior view of Aya Sofia with Islamic and Christian Elements

With The Apse mosaics showing... quoted from Wikipedia:

"Virgin and Child: this was the first of the post-iconoclastic mosaics. It was
inaugurated on 29 March 867 by Patriarch Photius and the emperors Michael III
and Basil I. This mosaic is situated in a high location on the half dome of the
apse. "
"These mosaics are believed to be a reconstruction of the mosaics of
the sixth century that were previously destroyed during the iconoclastic era.
The mosaics are set against the original golden background of the 6th
century."

The Islamic part with the two circular disks....
"New gigantic circular-framed disks were hung on columns. They were inscribed with the names of Allah, the prophet Muhammad, the first four caliphs Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali, and the two grandchildren of Mohammed: Hassan and Hussain, by the calligrapher Kazasker İzzed Effendi (1801–1877). "

which were placed during...
"The most famous restoration of the Hagia Sophia was ordered by
Sultan Abdülmecid and completed by eight hundred workers between 1847 and 1849,
under the supervision of the Swiss-Italian architect brothers Gaspare and
Giuseppe Fossati."


There! we both learned something.. that's why I love Wikipedia.. its actually one of my traveling tools.. to look up the place I am going to, and get an idea of where I am going.

Turkish phrase of the day:
Anliyor musunuz? / annleyor moosunooz? = Do you understand?

2 comments:

Dave and Deb May 19, 2009 at 11:09 PM  

Ah, I see that I got my ceiling view of what that man was looking at. It is beautiful. Thanks and talk to you soon Deb

Lilliy May 20, 2009 at 9:24 AM  

Dave and Deb..yes I actually had that in mind at my choice for photo of the day.I kept looking for the right one that showed the most, and then I realised that I hadn't taken good photos of the ceiling.

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