Tag Archives: Hagia Sophia

Requiem for a cosmopolitan dream

Attila did not seem surprised when I told him I was Greek. We were at the entrance of the Hagia Sophia museum on a rainy, cold December morning, and for the next hour, he would guide me through the most … Continue reading

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Why we should be concerned about President Erdogan turning museums into mosques

Hagia Sophia and the Chora Church will remain “open to all”, Turkish government promises—but restricted access may not be the primary worry. An article from The Art Newspaper by Holger A Klein. Last Friday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey … Continue reading

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What Will Happen Now to Hagia Sophia’s Byzantine Mosaics?

Well. He’s done it. Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has pushed through his plans to annul the status of Hagia Sophia as a museum and turn it back into a mosque. We are all saddened. There is worldwide dismay and … Continue reading

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The making of Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia

Join Cappella Romana and the documentary of the making of their Billboard Chart-topping recording, #TheLostVoicesOfHagiaSophia. A full look at the story and the technology behind the music, as well as interviews with Cappella Romana members Alexander Lingas, John Michael Boyer, … Continue reading

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Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia – Cappella Romana Livestream Saturday May 2

Prokeimenon – Cappella Romana from Duygu Eruçman on Vimeo. Coming this weekend by livestream — Icons of Sound: Hagia Sophia Reimagined! ********* This film will be kept available for at least one week on this link **********   Cappella Romana … Continue reading

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Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia: Medieval Byzantine Chant – updated

Cappella Romana are releasing some new music just in time for Christmas. Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia is the first vocal album in the world to be recorded entirely in live virtual acoustics. It brings together art history, music history, … Continue reading

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The Hagia Sophia in Trabzon – update

When it was announced that the small, but beautiful Hagia Sophia in Trabzon was to be turned back in to a mosque on 2013, there were fears that it’s many treasures of frescoes and mosaics may be destroyed. This report … Continue reading

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Turkey: Muslims demand right to pray at Hagia Sophia

Why can’t people just leave it is it stands? It has worked so far. Muslims in the Turkish city of Istanbul have gathered in front of the world-famous Hagia Sophia mosque which has been turned into a museum in the city of … Continue reading

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Reproducing the sound of worship in Haghia Sophia

In response to the recent post about the music of Capella Romana, I received a note from Peter Webscott about a project to try to reproduce the original sound that may have been heard in Hagia Sophia. I think that … Continue reading

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‘Building Wonders’: Haghia Sophia

Readers in the US, a treat is coming to your TV screens this Wednesday (February 25). Providence Pictures is releasing the third installment in its Building Wonders series. The first, on the Colosseum, aired on February 11, the second on … Continue reading

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What secrets are hidden under Hagia Sophia?

LP O’Bryan, who describes himself as a crime & mystery writer and runs a blog when not writing professionally, has written a thought provoking article about the possibility of ‘something’ being under Hagia Sophia. His  argument is that Crypts and underground structures … Continue reading

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Hagia Sofia: Dome Secrets

Enjoy this video which explains how the great dome of Hagia Sophia was designed and built. The engineering skills of the Romans was outstanding, and no computer simulation for them! Related article: Nineteenth Annual Runciman Lecture – Byzantine Architecture reconfigured … Continue reading

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“Better Turks than Latins!” – The Aftermath and the New City

So the end of the Roman Empire and of its Emperors had come at last. The Roman Empire of the East, which we now call Byzantium had lasted (if you start at the founding of Constantinople) for one thousand, one … Continue reading

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Destination Byzantium! The 2010 Via Egnatia Caravan

The dates for the Via Egnatia Foundation’s 2010 trek along the ancient Via Egnatia have been announced. The destination is Istanbul; through the mythical Golden Gate, and maybe ending at Hagia Sophia? Note: the first leg started on 2 May … Continue reading

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A View of Hagia Sophia

I was looking through my photo’s of Istanbul and found these two pictures. One shows the immense size of Hagia Sophia, once the largest building in the world, and built in just five years! The second is a view across the rooftops of Hagia Sophia to the Blue Mosque. Go on, get away to Istabul! You will not be disappointed with the Queen of Cities. Continue reading

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