Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

Architecture, Structure, and Liturgy of Justinian's Great Church

Book - 1997
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An enormously detailed and insightful study of the architecture, structure and liturgy of Justinian's Great Church in Istanbul.
An enormously detailed and insightful study of the architecture, structure and liturgy of Justinian's Great Church in Istanbul. The examination of the structure enables Mainstone to disentangle the various rebuildings and restorations, lots of discussion of the design of this most massive of constrcuctions but he is equally concerned with the ways in which it was used, elements of symbolism and the influence of liturgy and the Emperors.

Norton Pub
Hagia Sophia in Constantinople was the culminating architectural achievement of late antiquity and the first great masterpiece of the Byzantine world. For over nine hundred years it was Christendom's grandest place of worship and, for most of this time, the seat of the Orthodox patriarch and a setting for imperial ceremonies. After the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans, it became one of the principal mosques of Istanbul. Its influence was widespread and lasting, both architecturally and liturgically. Rowland Mainstone draws on some thirty years of detailed observations and critical reading of the historical source material to present here the first authoritative account of the genesis of the design, of the church's building, and of the subsequent changes. Dr. Mainstone's specially prepared plans and drawings and his superb photographs perfectly complement the text as well as providing, in themselves, a unique record.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Thames and Hudson, 1997, c1988
Edition: 1st pbk. ed
Description: 288 p. : ill., plans ; 29 cm
ISBN: 9780500279458
0500279454
Branch Call Number: 726.5 Mai

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