|Hagia Sophia, 532-537, Istanbul, Isadore of Miletus, architect.|
|The Hagia Sophia interior today in its current role as a museum.|
|Justinian I (482-565)|
|Floor plan and cutaway elevation of the Hagia Sophia suggesting some of |
the inherent problems of spanning such an enormous space (269 ft. by 240 ft.)
with brick, stone, and mortar, especially in an earthquake zone.
|The Hagia Sophia as it may have looked before 1453 when |
Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks.
|Virgin and Child flanked by Justinian I and Constantine I. Byzantine emperors loved getting their pictures made with the Mary and Jesus. The Hagia Sophia |
has several such examples.
|Hagia Sophia Inner Narthex, 1852, Gaspare Fossati. |
(Note the iron tie rods used to reinforce the vaults in case of earthqakes.)
|The Hagia Sophia, 1852, Gaspare Fossati|
|Gaspare Fossati's painting of the|
Hagia Sophia interior, ca. 1850.
|Interior, Hagia Sophia, 1891, John Singer Sargent|