Category: Interior

Hagia Sophia interior

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The Emperor Door

Emperor Door is the biggest door of the Hagia Sophia which allows the passage to the main space from the inner side of narthex and dated back to the 6th century. The Emperor door...

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Tiles in the Sultan Tombs

The interior side of Sultan II. Selim is decorated with the most beautiful tiles of the 16th century. On the top of the lower window there is Baqarah Surah and Ayetu’l Kursi is written...

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Tiles in the Library of Sultan Mahmud I

Tiles used in I. Sultan Mahmud Library are the most beautiful samples of Iznik, Kutahya and Tekfur Workshops which have been manufactured between 16th and 18th century. There are tile panels with flower, rose,...

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Tiles around the Altar

Ayatul Kursi which is the 255th verse of Baqara Surah is written with clear thuluth calligraphy on cobalt blue tile strap that covers the wall longitudinally on the back of the altar. Ketebehu El...

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Great Calligraphic Panes

Great round calligraphic panes which are hanging on the walls of the main space are written by kadi-ul asker Mustafa Izzet Effendi who is one of them most famous calligraphers of that period during...

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Zoe Mosaic

The depiction of Emperor IX. Konstantinos Monomakhos and Empress Zoe is located on the mosaic board. The faithful ruler of Romans, Servant of God’s Jesus Konstantinos Monomakhos is written on the head of the Emperor....

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VI. Leon Mosaics

In Pantaktrat Jesus depicting mosaics which are located on Emperor Door, Jesus sits on a throne in the middle. He sanctifies with his right hand and hold a Bible on his left hand. “Let...

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Two Angels in Apses

It is possible to see many different mosaics which depict the angels however one of the most famous mosaics in terms of the angels is located on the arch of the apse. You can...

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Sunu Mosaic

The sunu (offering) mosaic is available on the Vestibule Door in south direction of the inner narthex which is one of the most important mosaics of Hagia Sophia. This mosaics was uncovered in 1849...