Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Glad tidings


An angel mosaic has recently been uncovered at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and there are plans to uncover three more. As you may remember, Hagia Sophia was a basilica constructed between 532-537 AD under the Emperor Justinian and was converted to a mosque after the sack of Constantinople in 1453. The Ottoman Turks then plastered over the Christian mosaics. It remained a mosque until 1934 when it became a museum. They are trying to date the angel mosaic but are not specific as yet: it could have been made at any time between 900 and 1300.

6 Comments:

Blogger Phidelm said...

Fascinating discovery, isn't it? In case you might have missed it (apologies if you haven't), there's a good piece on the subject on:

http://medievalnews.blogspot.com/2009/07/mosiac-uncovered-in-hagia-sophia.html

Wouldn't you love to see it :-)?

6:16 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Thank you for that link, Phildelm. That's an interesting blog and a beautiful photo of the angel. I would love to see it - I haven't been to Istanbul for years. I always dreamed of buying a house on the Bosphorus.

8:00 am  
Blogger Phidelm said...

A pleasure to have introduced you to the blog in question, WW.
Have never been to Istanbul - or to Turkey for that matter. Ex-spouse spent several hols there in his early 20s, & used to play backgammon @ harbourside cafes with the locals.
Maybe one day you'll buy your house on the Bosphorus ...

9:20 am  
Blogger Phidelm said...

Update on the above ref for you, WW, with even more exciting discoveries:

http://medievalnews.blogspot.com/2009/08/more-discoveries-at-hagia-sophia.html

8:08 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

I think you'd enjoy it, Phildelm (from the very little I know about you). I love playing backgammon! Thank you for the update on the angels.

8:32 am  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

That's very interesting. I'd love to go and see it.

9:22 pm  

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