Apse mosaic of the Theotokos (Virgin Mother and Child)

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© Vladan Djordjevic
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View of the Theotokos mosaic in the apse, Hagia Sophia.

Taken in Istanbul, July 2008. Hagia Sophia is a former Byzantine church and former Ottoman mosque in Istanbul. Now a museum, Hagia Sophia is universally acknowledged as one of the great buildings of the world. Unfortunately nothing remains of the original Hagia Sophia, which was built on this site in the fourth century by Constantine the Great. Constantine was the first Christian emperor and the founder of the city of Constantinople, which he called "the New Rome." Following the destruction of Constantine's church, a second was built by his son Constantius and the emperor Theodosius the Great. This second church was burned down during the Nika riots of 532, though fragments of it have been excavated and can be seen today. Hagia Sophia was rebuilt in her present form between 532 and 537 underunder the personal supervision of Emperor Justinian I.It is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture, rich with with mosaics and marble pillars and coverings.

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  • Tammy Espino

    Tammy Espino gave props (13 Mar 2010):

    Got my yes vote :)

  • Tammy Espino

    Tammy Espino gave props (13 Mar 2010):

    Got my yes vote :)

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (14 Mar 2010):

    Great shot!! My vote.

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (13 Apr 2010):

    An outstanding image and entry. Thanks for the history on this. Voted!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (17 Apr 2010):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

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