Hagia Sophia – In all its glory
After years of renovation work, the interior of the Hagia Sophia can now be enjoyed in its true splendour.
For many years it was impossible to admire the interior of the Hagia Sofia, Istanbul’s most enduring landmark, due to the maze of scaffolding that covered it. Restoration work on the building, which is almost 1,500 years old, was painstakingly slow; originally constructed by Emperor Justinian as a Byzantine Church, it later served as a mosque, and is now a museum and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.
But last year, when Istanbul was Europe’s Capital of Culture, the scaffolding – which was anything up to 55 metres high in places – was finally removed, and the interior of the mighty Hagia Sophia now radiates its full glory and splendour, and the cupola and mosaics can again be viewed unhindered. Many with an interest in culture will cherish the experience.
Tradition and Modernity
Hagia Sophia – A museum of modern art is taking the creative avant garden to Ukraine.
Visitors to the Ukrainian capital Kiev prized the places which reflected the history and traditions of the country first and foremost. These included its churches and monasteries such as the St. Sophia Cathedral and the Monasteiy of the Caves; the famous Andriyivskyy Descent, where so many artists have resided, and Tsarskoye Selo Restaurant, whose rustic ambience illustrates the deep-seated patriotism of the Ukrainian people.
Built at the command of Emperor Justinian in the years 532 to 537, Hagia Sophia was first constructed as a church. Then it became a mosque and now it is a museum. Ataturk, the first president and the founder of modern Turkey, turned it into a museum in 1935. Justinian’s church was ready in less than 6 years. And it reigned as the greatest church in Christendom until the Conquest of Constantinople in 1453.
Mehmet the Conqueror penetrated the city
When Mehmet the Conqueror penetrated the city in 1453, his first official stop was to this overwhelming symbol of an empire that he had conquered. And with his head to the ground, he invoked the name of Allah and declared the great house of worship a mosque. Then people removed the Christian Icons and desecrated the mosaics on the walls. And after that the plaster over the walls. The Muslims then installed Arabic writings from the Koran all over the church. Four minarets appeared and the gold cross on the top of the dome di
In all its glory After years of renovation work, the interior of the Hagia Sophia can now be enjoyed in its true splendour. For many years it was impossible to admire the interior of the Hagia Sofia, Istanbul`s most enduring landmark, due to the maze of scaffolding that covered it. Restoration work on the building, …
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