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The Horses of St. Mark were installed on the basilica in about 1254. The horses were long displayed at the Hippodrome of Constantinople, and in 1204 Doge Enrico Dandolo (cruel man but great politician) sent them back to Venice as part of the loot sacked from Constantinople in the Fourth Crusade. They were taken to Paris by Napoleon in 1797 but returned to Venice in 1815. These are the originals inside the Basilica. The horses outside on the balcony are bronze replicas. | chapter 71
Hagia Sophia byzantine Church - Mosaic figures of religious leaders dressed in white ceremonial gowns
left side of the main nave, northern wall From west to east: in the first niche there's St. Ignatius, Patriarch of Constantinople, in the central niche, St. Chrysostom and in the third niche, St. Ignatius Theophorus, Patriarch of Antioch. All mosaics are dated the 10th century. Sancta Sophia (sophia in Greek means wisdom) was designed by the Greek scientists: the physicist Isidore of Miletus and the matematician Anthemius of Tralles. The architecture belongs to early Byzantine…
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evocativesynthesis: “ Basilica Cistern (by maxunterwegs) “ The Basilica Cistern (Turkish: Yerebatan Sarayı - “Sunken Palace”, or Yerebatan Sarnıcı - “Sunken Cistern”), is the largest of several...
Floor plan of St. Mark. The basilica is in the shape of a Greek cross and covered with domes after the Byzantine tradition. The Venetians were influenced by the art and architecture of Constantinople (Istanbul) during the Crusades.
Agia Sofia in Constantinople | WordlessTech
Agia Sofia in Istanbul, Turkey Hagia Sophia (from the Greek: Ἁγία Σοφία, "Holy Wisdom"; Latin: Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia; Turkish: Aya Sofya) is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica…
Dante's Inferno - Dante Alighieri & Gustave Dore | “The man showed no emotion as he walked over to his desk and pointed down at a large book. “I’d like you to look at this.” | chapter 70