Historical and aesthetic perception of Hagia Sophia
Pedro Bádenas takes us on a journey through various testimonies that reflects the historical changes in the perception of the basilica of Hagia Sophia, built during the fifth century on the site of two Paleochristian basilicas. Of particular note are the writings of Procopius of Caesarea, who describes how the grandeur of the basilica and the city of Constantinople were destined to reflect Orthodox society and of the power of the emperor Justinian I. After the Ottoman conquest in 1453, the building was equipped for its conversion into a mosque. Despite the changes in its use, as Bádenas asserts, today Hagia Sophia “still offers the modern pilgrim both history and aesthetics, a perennial experience of the absolute”.
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