By Nicola Williams, Oliver Berry, Gregor Clark, Stuart Butler, Jean-Bernard Carillet, Catherine Le Nevez, Emilie Filou, Kerry Christiani

“A kingdom that seduces tourists with its unfalteringly wide-spread tradition woven round café terraces, village-square markets and lace-curtained bistros with plat du jour (dish of the day) chalked at the board.” –Nicola Williams, Lonely Planet Writer

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And then below these are four massive piers. These piers do not stand alone in the center of the church, but are blended into the galleries supported by columns of verde antique, the wonderful green stone that was so prized in the ancient world. Between the massive piers and above the gallery of columns are two tympana - semi-circular decorations. Each tympanum has twelve visible windows, and the half domes and central dome are also punctuated by windows. These windows are in part what is so remarkable about the Hagia Sophia.

E. In every domain of Byzantine life, Justinian I’s goal was to re-establish the glory of the empire. His buildings, therefore, were also fantastic, and the preeminent example is, of course, the Hagia Sophia, his architectural adornment of Constantinople, for which he is remembered until today. But now let us move on to the Ottoman era. The Hagia Sophia has been an important monument for both Muslims and Christians. Mehmed II, the conqueror of Constantinople, walked into the city triumphantly on Tuesday, May 29, 1453, through the Edirne Gate and went directly to see the Great Church.

Underneath this mosaic, in the arch, is the figure of the Archangel Gabriel, looking impressive in multi-colored feathers. There is an inscription in Greek, and although it is largely destroyed, historians have determined that it once celebrated the triumph of the Orthodox Church and the reinstitution of figural art. Opposite the Archangel Gabriel used to stand the Archangel Michael, of whom nothing remains. You can also see the four seraphim or perhaps cherubim – winged mythical beings, in the pendentives of the main dome.

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