Hagia Sophia: Architecture,Structure and Liturgy of Justinian's Great Church

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Hagia Sophia in Constantinople was the culminating architectural achievement oflate antiquity and the first great masterpiece of the Byzantine world. For over nine hundred years it was Christendom's grandest place of worship and, for most of this time, the seat of the Orthodox patriarch and a setting for imperial ceremonies. After the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans, it became one of the principal mosques of Istanbul. Its influence was widespread and lasting, both architecturally and liturgically. Rowland ...
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Overview

Hagia Sophia in Constantinople was the culminating architectural achievement oflate antiquity and the first great masterpiece of the Byzantine world. For over nine hundred years it was Christendom's grandest place of worship and, for most of this time, the seat of the Orthodox patriarch and a setting for imperial ceremonies. After the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans, it became one of the principal mosques of Istanbul. Its influence was widespread and lasting, both architecturally and liturgically. Rowland Mainstone draws on some thirty years of detailed observations and critical reading of the historical source material to present here the first authoritative account of the genesis of the design, of the church's building, and of the subsequent changes. Dr. Mainstone's specially prepared plans and drawings and his superb photographs perfectly complement the text as well as providing, in themselves, a unique record.
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Editorial Reviews

RSA Journal
Certainly no serious student of architectural history can afford to ignore this book.
Choice
The fullest account yet of the great church's structure.
Art Documentation
Mainstone has succeeded in bringing together a book that will appeal to both the specialist and the generalist.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An account of the Byzantine church's genesis and development, with 305 illustrations. (Sept.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780500279458
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 8/25/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.52 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
1 Introduction 9
2 The church today: exterior and interior 21
3 The church today: materials and structural systems 67
4 Looking back 85
5 The church before Justinian 129
6 Justinian's church: his objectives and the architectural brief 145
7 Justinian's church: the initial development of the design 159
8 Justinian's church: further development of the design, the construction and first partial reconstruction 185
9 Furnishing and use: architecture and liturgy 219
10 The sixth-century achievement and its sequels 237
List of Abbreviations 262
Notes on the Text 264
App Plans, Elevations and Sections 269
Selected Bibliography 282
Index 285
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