Hagia Sophia: Architecture, Structure, and Liturgy of Justinian's Great Church

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Thames and Hudson, 1997 - Architecture - 288 pages
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Hagia Sophia in Constantinople was the culminating architectural achievement oflate antiquity and the first great masterpiece of the Byzantine world. For over nine hundred years it was Christendom's grandest place of worship and, for most of this time, the seat of the Orthodox patriarch and a setting for imperial ceremonies. After the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans, it became one of the principal mosques of Istanbul. Its influence was widespread and lasting, both architecturally and liturgically. Rowland Mainstone draws on some thirty years of detailed observations and critical reading of the historical source material to present here the first authoritative account of the genesis of the design, of the church's building, and of the subsequent changes. Dr. Mainstone's specially prepared plans and drawings and his superb photographs perfectly complement the text as well as providing, in themselves, a unique record.

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