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Hagia Sophia angel uncovered in Turkey
haber27.com ^ | 08/20/08

Posted on 08/20/2009 7:15:45 AM PDT by Nikas777

Hagia Sophia angel uncovered in Turkey

Restoration workers have uncovered the mosaic face of an angel in the world-renowned Hagia Sophia Museum in the Turkish city of Istanbul

29 Temmuz 2009 Çarşamba 02:35

The mosaic, believed to be one of a group of six, was found in the pendentive, an arched triangular section supporting the dome of the monument.

Some experts believe the six-winged figure dates back to the 14th century, but the Hagia Sofia Science Board is set to determine the relic's true age by comparing it to similar mosaics found in 1935.

Built by the Byzantine emperor Justinian, Hagia Sophia was originally a basilica before it was converted into a mosque after Ottoman Turks conquered the city in 1453.

The mosaics were covered with plaster during the conversion process until 1934, when the Hagia Sophia mosque was turned into a museum, TurkishNY reported.


TOPICS: History; Islam; Orthodox Christian; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: art; churchhistory; constantinople; godsgravesglyphs; hagiasophia; turkey

1 posted on 08/20/2009 7:15:46 AM PDT by Nikas777
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To: SunkenCiv

FYI


2 posted on 08/20/2009 7:18:04 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: Nikas777

Hey, I’ve been there!


3 posted on 08/20/2009 7:22:57 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: taxcontrol
Hey, I’ve been there!

Obama too!

Hagia Sophia, the first and only church, a converted mosque, that Obama has visited since being in office.

4 posted on 08/20/2009 7:28:56 AM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Antoninus

ho angelos PING!


5 posted on 08/20/2009 8:23:18 AM PDT by Claud
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To: Red Steel
Hagia Sophia, the first and only church, a converted mosque, that Obama has visited since being in office.

Is that right? Wow, that's a very telling bit of trivia for all to contemplate, isn't it?

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I've been there too - Hagia Sophia is one of the masterpieces in the history of architecture, not just for it's beauty as an exemplar of the apex of Byzantine design, but for its use of the very pendentives (inverted triangular structural elements which transition between the support columns & a dome) where the plastered-over Seraphim mosaics are finally being exposed again.

There's a little more info on the mosaics here at HagiaSophia.com:

The 4 seraphims' faces were covered with 6-7 layers of plaster for almost 160 years during the sovereignty of Ottomans. The last person who saw the faces of the Seraphims was the Swiss architect Gaspare Fossati while he was holding the restoration at Hagia Sophia in 1840s. With a 10 day hard work, experts managed to take off the 7 layers of plasters and reveal the face of one of the seraphims....The [precise] age of the mosaics is unclear however they are known to be older than 700 years.


6 posted on 08/20/2009 9:24:11 AM PDT by leilani
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To: TR Jeffersonian

ping


7 posted on 08/20/2009 9:25:45 AM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: leilani
Obama visiting the "Blue Mosque"

http://www.worldbulletin.net/news_detail.php?id=39645

8 posted on 08/20/2009 10:25:39 AM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

I’ve been in the Blue Mosque, too. That chandelier is awesome.


9 posted on 08/20/2009 10:34:41 AM PDT by leilani
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To: leilani

So have I. It is right next to Hagia Sophia. It is instructive that the Turkish government did not return it to the Christian Community even after Attturk “secularized” the state, but made it a museum. The small Christian community still has a hard time in Turkey.


10 posted on 08/20/2009 3:01:17 PM PDT by RobbyS (ECCE HOMO!)
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Yes very difficult for Christians there, tho' I s'pose miles better than in any other predominately Muslim country, no? You'd think Ankara would want to cultivate good relations to promote foreign Christian tourism to early christian sites like Ephesus, Nicea et al for the additional revenue, if nothing else.

Ayayaye, this thread is making me crave Loukum terribly (that Turkish Delight candy or, as my waiter in Istanbul called it, Toor-keesh Vee-AHHH-grah.)

;-)

11 posted on 08/20/2009 3:44:21 PM PDT by leilani
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12 posted on 08/20/2009 6:45:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SunkenCiv

So much to be discovered.. a wonder a day at least. Thanks,Civ, for bringing them to our attention.


13 posted on 08/20/2009 10:26:03 PM PDT by Cincinna (TIME TO REBUILD * PALIN * JINDAL * CANTOR 2012)
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To: leilani
Yes very difficult for Christians there, tho' I s'pose miles better than in any other predominately Muslim country, no?

No. Egypt still has her native Copt Christian population. Iraq before the invasion had Christians very high up in society because Sada'am was a Ba'athists and they declare Arabic unity over religion - after the invasion to get rid of Saddam the Christians ran to Syria where they also live free from religious persecution.

The irony is that Turkey as a western oriented self proclaimed secular state is where Christians are hammered at the most compared to places that are the West's enemy like Syria.

14 posted on 08/21/2009 5:49:50 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: Nikas777

Nikas, do you know if the Turkish government is still pursuing the ambition to become part of the EU & if so, wouldn’t their officially encouraged &/or tolerated persecution of Christians constitute an impediment to that goal?

(Not that the EU bureaucracy is particularly inclined to defend the interests of Christians even on the european continent, I realize, but I should think that at a minimum it would constitute an embarrassment for them to admit into its membership a nation which is still overtly violating a minority constituency of their own citizenry’s human rights.)


15 posted on 08/21/2009 6:14:50 AM PDT by leilani
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To: leilani
The Turks want to be in the EU or so they claim and they make some gesture towards conciliation to the Christians but in reality where there were millions of Christians in Turkey - a religion that is native to the region - now only numbers a few thousand people.

The ethnic genocide/ethnic cleansing / religious jihad against the Christians in their native land of Anatolia (where Christianity was first called that name) is complete.

All that is left are ruins which fat, happy and willfully ignorant Western tourists can visit and gawk over before going to the beach.

16 posted on 08/21/2009 6:18:40 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: Nikas777; leilani

Don’t forget Syria which is 20% Christian and Lebanon which is over 40% Christian.


17 posted on 08/21/2009 6:32:23 AM PDT by Cronos (Ceterum censeo, Mecca et Medina delendae sunt + Jindal 2K12)
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To: Cronos; Nikas777
Thanks guys. Speaking for myself, Turkey is indeed deceiving to the eye of fat, happy & ignorant Western tourists.[although maybe we're all not so fat! ;-)]

Turkish people may look cosmopolitan & modern and seem more westernized & tolerant on the surface (particularly in Istanbul) and their government officials may adapt the mask of secular democrats, but clearly none of them are any such things.

18 posted on 08/21/2009 7:01:49 AM PDT by leilani
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To: Cincinna

:’) my pleasure.


19 posted on 08/21/2009 4:46:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Nikas777; SunkenCiv
Knew I'd seen her face before.
20 posted on 08/22/2009 10:27:30 AM PDT by wolfcreek (KMTEXASA!)
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To: wolfcreek
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21 posted on 08/22/2009 9:07:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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