|Constantinople's Hagia Sophia dates from 537|
|Hagia Sophia interior |
(now a museum)
|Constantinople during the Reign of Justinian and Theodora, 7th century AD.|
|Justinian and Theodora, 6th century mosaics,|
Church of San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy.
|Mehmed II "sailing" his supply ships over greased timbers overland, to bypass |
a Byzantine blockade in order to bolster his siege of Constantinople.
The painting is by the Italian artist, Fausto Zonaro (1854-1929).
|A modern day artist's depiction of Constantinople's forum during the height of the Justinian era, before the plague brought down the populace and the earthquake of 558 AD. brought down the original dome of the Hagia Sophia.|