Hagia Sophia ramp, Istanbul, 534 AD

toby snelgrove  IPA

Mayne Island, Canada

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Ziatype print from a digial negative.

Stone walkway worn over 1500 years at the Hagia Sophia Mosque. An awsome experience to walk on these worn stones.

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.” The Hagia Sophia was one of several great churches he built in important cities throughout his empire.

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.

Mosaic portrait of Emperor Justinian from Ravenna.
Hagia Sophia was rebuilt in her present form between 532 and 537 under the personal supervision of Emperor Justinian I.

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