Church of Hagia Sophia

Church of Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is also another example which depicts medieval art in its apse decoration. The church is located in Istanbul, Turkey. Its name means holy wisdom and it was initially built in form of a cathedral back in the 6th century. It is made up two floors with are positioned on a massive nave with a huge dome shaped ceiling. The apse is so huge with a diameter of 108 feet and it is about 55 meters from the ground. Over the years it has had many functions having served as a cathedral, at some time a mosque. Currently it is a museum where people just come to visit for historical reconnections. It was built during the time of a great riot in Constantinople when the ruler during that time, Emperor Justinian was not popular among the people he was leading. He had ruled the state for five years. During the time of its decoration emperors put up their images on the cathedral. One very noticeable mosaics is that of the Virgin Mary carrying the baby Jesus which is located at the apse of the cathedral. Beneath the mosaic piece of art are windows which are for letting in light. Over time the other works of art of the emperors were all painted and covered with a yellow paint. This draws the difference between the Hagia Sophia and the other cathedrals discussed here. It underwent very many changes before it became what it is today. That will include the fact that its original roof collapsed and it was later done and it has survived ever since.

Church of Hagia Sophia