A Historical Tour of Hagia Sophia

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  • Published on:  11/28/2020
  • You’ve heard about Hagia Sophia’s famous dome. But what about the miraculous column, the Viking graffiti, and the portrait of Byzantium’s worst emperor?

    For more on Roman art and architecture, check out my book “Naked Statues, Fat Gladiators, and War Elephants: Frequently Asked Questions about the Ancient Greeks and Romans."

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    Chapters:
    0:00 Introduction
    0:49 Justinian and his church
    2:55 Construction of Hagia Sophia
    4:11 Exterior
    4:49 Exonarthex
    5:14 Narthex
    5:51 Vestibule of the Warriors
    6:36 Imperial Gate
    7:53 The Nave and Dome
    10:37 Omphalos
    11:12 Apse Mosaics
    12:00 Column capitals
    12:25 Weeping Column
    13:07 Galleries
    13:42 Gates of Heaven and Hell
    14:01 Deësis mosaic
    14:29 Tomb of Dandolo
    15:14 Imperial mosaics of the South Gallery
    17:28 Nordic runes
    17:50 Alexander mosaic
    18:26 Conclusion

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