The Greatest Dome on Earth

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Hagia Sophia : Meaning 'Great Wisdom'

One of the Eight Wonders of the World, Hagia Sophia is a wonderful example of Byzantine art and architecture.

According to Russian legend, in the year 987 Prince Vladimir the Red Sun sent envoys to study the religions of the various neighboring nations. Some ambassadors went to Constantinople. The Byzantine Church set into motion a full festival ritual. The envoys were so impressed that they reported to Prince Vladimir that they've seen not just a breathtaking temple, but heaven. "We no longer knew whether we were in heaven or on earth." The ambassadors were so affected by the heavenly beauty of the Hagia Sophia, that they further said, "...nor such beauty, and we know not how to tell of it"

They say that this is what determined the choice of Vladimir to be baptized... and his decision to baptize all of Kievan Rus.

It is one of the rarest structures to have survived this far. Built on an area which was previously a temple of pagans, it became a Byzantine Church, turned into a mosque, and now a popular musem.

6 responses

  • Lev Lerner

    Lev Lerner   gave props (24 Apr 2012):

    Great lighting and colors!

  • Yaz Hawkins

    Yaz Hawkins gave props (25 Apr 2012):

    Someday I'll go see it by myself! Impressive house of prey indeed!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (30 Apr 2012):

    fantastic shot!

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (10 May 2012):

    For light, definition and color is truly amazing, and the monument is among the most famous in the world. Beautiful!

  • Jen Mars

    Jen Mars gave props (15 May 2012):

    really pretty, nice glow

  • K.C. Johnson

    K.C. Johnson said (17 May 2012):

    Absolutely Gorgeous composition!

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