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Hagia Sophia has always been a legendary building of the world. When it was built in 537, once the largest church in the Christendom. The enthusiasm and curiosity generated by Hagia Sophia went on for centuries and it served as the largest religious building of Byzantine Empire for a millennium.
The Greek originated name Hagia Sophia means: Church of the Holy Wisdom. Nowadays the building is called as Ayasofya, which is Turkish version of the same name.
The Dome of Hagia Sophia is certainly one of the most impressive architectural innovation in the world. Engineers and architects of present day, still admire the Hagia Sophia’s architectural features and try to find out how the architects managed to complete this building in 6th century.
Built by the most famous Emperor of Byzantine Empire, Justinian, from 532 to 537. Nearly 10.000 people engaged in the construction process. Today, Hagia Sophia is the most popular museum in Turkey, alongside with the Ephesus antique city.
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Why Guided Tours Recommended For Hagia Sophia?
Every single visitor of Istanbul would want to see this magnificent building. To see the Hagia Sophia Museum with fast track advantage, you may look at the bottom pharagraph to find the contact information of an experienced tour guide, to accompany you during your Hagia Sophia visit.
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One Of The Oldest Structure In The World
This incredible temple was begun to be constructed in 532 and was completed in 537. It was commissioned by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian to two of the important architects of the century: Named Anthemios and Isidoros. Both of the architects were originated from Anatolia (Asia Minor) once the Byzantine heartland.
These architects not only built the greatest structure of humanity until then but charmed the city folk as well. The people of Constantinople had adored their divine temple. They had took refuge when a rainstrom broke out or an earthquake striked the city. Constantinople besieged many times, and the people of Constantinople had a bulletproof belief that the angels of Hagia Sophia would protect them. Byzantines were devout Christians and more than that they were superstitious. That is why the Hagia Sophia is known for its mysterious legends.
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Splendid Mosaics Of Hagia Sophia Worth To See
Hagia Sophia mosaics were commissioned by different Byzantine Emperors during the 9th and 13th Centuries. There are several mosaics spread out the inner and outer narthexes. There is only one mosaic in the center of the building. Oldest mosaic of all depicting mother Mary and child Jesus.
You may see the most impressive examples of medieval Byzantine mosaics on Hagia Sophia’s upper gallery. The three famous mosaics; Deesis, Zoe and Komnenos mosaics are all located in the second floor.
Deesis Mosaic Of Byzantine Empire
Deesis stage, which is regarded as the start of renaissance in Byzantine painting, is located on the western wall of Northern Gallery. John the Baptist on the right side and Virgin Mary on the left side and Jesus Christ in the middle can be seen in the portrayal. It describes the prayer of Virgin Mary and John the Baptist to Jesus Christ for the mercy of people during the Last Judgement.
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Seraphim Angels are beautiful frescoes of Byzantine masters. There is a romantic legend of the medieval age related to Seraphim Angels. It was believed that they had protected the church and the city from evil. That is why people took refuge in Hagia Sophia whenever something unexpected happens.
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Astonishing Architectural Features
The architects originally planned a dome with 32 meters width and 49 meters height. Weight of the dome caused big issues. For the lightest bricks possible, raw material was brought from Rhodes. To stick bricks together, they invented a mixture which had never been used before. This mixture has been holding the structure together for 1500 years.
Although the dome was very large, it did not reflect the grandeur of the building. Therefore, they did something for the first time in history in order to make the dome look larger. They built two semi domes next to the central dome. These two semi domes not only create huge extra space but also support the central dome by pressurizing to the sides. These semi domes are also supported by quarter domes and covering main carrier walls in a classy way.
Did You Know That Hagia Sophia’s Dome Had Collapsed?
However the dome collapsed in 557, approximately 20 years after of construction. It’s rebuilt by an architect named Young Isidoros, the nephew of the initial architects. They both were dead, when the dome had fallen down. The restoration work took four years and Isidoros increased the height from 49 meters to 56 meters. 7 meters higher than the first dome.
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Istanbul’s high season starts in March and lasts until the November. Especially the spring and fall are the peak of the season. Every visitor of Istanbul wishes to see the Hagia Sophia so it causes long lines in front of the Museum. People has to wait up to one hour or more, on these busy days. However there are solutions in order not to spare your precious time.
There are two entances to get into the Hagia Sophia. One line is for the regular visitors who has no museum pass or a guide with them. These people are, unfortunately, the ones that have to wait for a long time. The other entrance is the fast track line. The people who accompanied by their private guides are granted this privileged access, as well as the people who has a museum pass.
If you book a private tour guide for Hagia Sophia, you can discover the secrets of this great building of world’s history. You can learn about the legends that guide books do not mention. To visit the Hagia Sophia is a spiritual journey, especially if you know the history and significance of the objects, relics and mosaics.
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