Monday, April 30, 2007

The Bul: Hagia Sophia

The Hagia Sophia, the impressive religious monument in the heart of Istanbul, Turkey epitomizes the cultural layering of the Istanbul area. The Ayasofya, as it is known today, was originally constructed from 532-537 by emperor Justinian I as a Christian church. In 1453 the Turks converted the structure into a mosque. This rich history can be seen throughout the architecture of the monument. It is evident that the Piers outside the church were added by the Turks for the purpose of citing the 5 daily prayers of the Muslim faith. Also, in parts the beautiful Byzantine mosaics are being uncovered-originally covered because the Muslim faith forbids imagery. The level of light in the building is also something otherworldly; it truly enhances the awe inspiring interior.
Robbie Eleazer

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