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"The redecoration of Hagia Sophia began in the late ninth century, at the same time the second Golden Age of the Byzantine Empire began. In view of its size and its architectural complexity, the great church was less suited to figural mosaic treatment than other, smaller domed cruciform churches of this time, whose interiors could be seen at a glance and hence treated as a unit in decorative terms."

One of the seraphs that adorn the ceiling.

The Virgin and Child, on the half dome of the apse. Though they appear small, the figures are about...

10th century mosaic of the Virgin and Child, sided by Constantine and Justinian.

The Deesis mosaic, from the 13th century. Christ is at the center; Saint John the Baptist and the Vi...

Detail of the Deesis

 
Hagia Sophia: Construction and Reconstruction

Hagia Sophia: Construction and Reconstruction

The cross is substituted by a crescent and a provisional wooden minaret is built The cross is substituted by a crescent and a provisional wooden minaret is built The cross is substituted by a crescent and a provisional wooden minaret is built The cross is substituted by a crescent and a provisional wooden minaret is built The cross is substituted by a crescent and a provisional wooden minaret is built Earthquake The First Hagia Sophia is inaugurated by Constantius II A fire destroys the roof Church of Theodosius II The Hagia Sophia burns to the ground Construction of the new Hagia Sophia The new Hagia Sophia is dedicated by Emperor Justinian Earthquake Earthquake The dome collapses The restored church is consecrated Images destroyed during the Iconoclast Controversy are restored Restoration by Basil I
The redecoration of Hagia Sophia begins
Earthquake Rebuilding under rule of Basil II Changes during the Latin Empire Reign of Michael VIII Andronicus II carries out works to restabilize the church 1st reign of John V Palaeologus Earthquake The eastern part of the dome collapses Restoration The cross is substituted by a crescent and a provisional wooden minaret is built Redecoration under Mehmed II Architect Sinan is invited to reform Hagia Sophia Tomb of Sultan Selim II Tomb of Sultan Murad III Tomb of Sultan Mehmed III Reign of Murad IV Elementary school Hagia Sophia Fountain Restoration under Sultan Abdulmejid The timing room is built Earthquake Restoration by members of the Byzantine Institute of America A long-lost portrait of Emperor Alexander is rediscovered