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The Pearl of Constantinople—Hagia Sophia

Lecture no. 23 from the course: The Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul

The Pearl of Constantinople—Hagia Sophia

Taught by Professor John R. Hale | 28 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Travel Courses

Imagine the sights and sounds of a visit to this magical edifice in Byzantine times, and learn the history of the emperor Justinian's plans for a church that would surpass all others. Contemplate the stunning columns, stonework, mosaics, and the architecture of the massive dome in this "place where God dwells."


May 11, 2017