Friday, December 18, 2009

Everlasting Desire

Rare and precious mosaics on the curving vaults and the walls.. windows help flood the colorful interior with light..

Entered and left the meeting chamber through this door, the participants in synods used this Marble Door..

Lacy communicating door..

Marble Jar from Pergamon but originally from Hellenistic period, carved from a single block of marble..

This architectural achievement of late antiquity influenced eastern orthodox, roman catholic and muslim..

( clickable for a larger size )

In 330 Istanbul (Constantinopolis) was proclaimed as the new capital of the Roman Empire. The loss of the western parts of the Roman world made Constantinople the unrivaled capital of the empire.

It was..

A desire. To be ever lasting. An unexampled in antiquity.

And, realized!
Built a church in the City. Largest. One of the eight wonders of the world.

Stay tuned for upcoming interesting views and facts about this important monument both for Byzantine and for Ottoman Empires, Hagia Sophia (Turkish: Ayasofya).


  1. Hi Nihal! These are wonderful pictures of a great achitecture. The curving vaults of the windows are amazing in their decorations, the Marble Door is so nice. I like very much the last image of Istanbul too. Of course I'll be glad to see more interesting views of this monument.
    Have a nice weekend!

  2. Un solo grazie...è poco vero?
    Buon fine settimana :-)

  3. Istanbul looks lovely with the walls by the water in that depiction of its appearance in AD330. I look forward to the Hagia Sophia.

  4. It's a wonder indeed, great shots.