Hagia Sophia Interior Ceiling
Photo showing the interior of the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, constructed 532-537 CE.
Istanbul, Turkey: Hagia Sophia
More info about travel to Istanbul: http://www.ricksteves.com/europe/turkey/istanbul Hagia Sophia has served over the centuries as one of the greatest houses of worship in both the Christian and Muslim worlds. Hagia Sophia marks the high...
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, 532-37
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, 532-37 (architects: Isidore of Miletus and Anthemius of Tralles) A conversation with Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris
Nova (PBS) - Hagia Sophia, Istanbul's Mystery - 4204
How has this unique structure, built on a seismic fault, survived centuries of quakes?
The architecture of the Byzantine Empire (4th - 15th century CE) continued its early Roman traditions but architects also added new structures to their already formidable repertoire, notably improved fortification walls and domed churches...
John II Komnenos
Byzantine emperor John II Komnenos (r. 1118-1143 CE). From a 12th century CE mosaic panel in the south gallery of the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul. The emperor is shown offering a gift to the Virgin and young Christ.
Constantine IX & Empress Zoe
An 11th century CE gold and glass mosaic in the Hagia Sophia of Constantinople depicting Constantine IX Monomachos (r. 1042-1055 CE), Jesus Christ and Empress Zoe (r. 1028-1050 CE).
Theodora reigned as empress of the Byzantine Empire alongside her husband, Emperor Justinian I, from 527 CE until her death in 548 CE. Rising from a humble background and overcoming the prejudices of her somewhat disreputable early career...
Byzantine Empress Irene
Depiction of Byzantine Empress Irene, the wife of Emperor John II (r. 1118-1143 CE) as found in the Hagia Sophia in modern-day Istanbul (previously Constantinople), Turkey.
Byzantine Empress Zoe
Mosaic from the Hagia Sophia in modern-day Istanbul (previously Constantinople), Turkey, depicting Zoe, empress of the Byzantine Empire from 1028-1050 CE. She was the daughter of Constantine VIII (r. 1025-1028 CE).