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Paradox hagia sophia


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Hagia Sophia paradox

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Paradox hagia sophia

  1. 1. Paradox a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
  2. 2. Hagia Sophia is a paradox… square and round It was a church and a mosque Represents Rome and Jerusalem
  3. 3. Why Square? Basilica - a large and important church that has been given special ceremonial rites by the Pope
  4. 4. Why Round? Idea of the dome represents Rome Circles are infinite… Maybe it is a halo…
  5. 5. Church… In 532… afew days after the destruction of the second basilica, Emperor Justinian I built Hagia Sophia, larger and more majestic than its predecessors. Withstood earthquakes and stood for 1000 years
  6. 6. Mosque… 1453 Sultan Mehmed laid siege to Constantinople Pillaged for 3 days… Hagia Sophia Valuable items Refuge place Converted to Mosque
  7. 7. Hagia Sophia
  8. 8. Now it’s a museum…
  9. 9. How does this mosaic symbolize the Byzantine Empire?