Hagia Eirene_ 4 century

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The building reputedly stands on the site of a pre-Christian temple. It ranks, in fact, as the first church built in Constantinople. Roman emperor Constantine I commissioned the first Hagia Irene church in the 4th century. From May to July 381 the First Council of Constantinople took place in the church. It was burned down during the Nika revolt in 532.[1] Emperor Justinian I had the church restored in 548. It served as the church of the Patriarchate before Hagia Sophia was completed in 360. Heavily damaged by an earthquake in the 8th century, it dates in its present form largely from the repairs made at that time. The Emperor Constantine V ordered the restorations and had its interior decorated with mosaics and frescoes. Hagia Irene is the only example of a Byzantine church in the city which retains its original atrium. A great cross in the half-dome above the main narthex, where the image of the Pantocrator or Theotokos was usually placed in Byzantine tradition, is a unique vestige of the Iconoclastic art; presumably it replaced earlier decoration. The church was enlarged during the 11th and 12th centuries.

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Comments (127)

Cumizebica on July 10, 2013

Great view for this beautiful scene . L + F !

Best regards


S@sy on August 13, 2013

nagyon tetszik, sasy

Ana María Ossorio Ló… on August 30, 2013

Really is very beautiful this place and you make a good job!--like 114--AnaM

Elemér on August 31, 2013

Spectacular, beautiful photo! L


Bogdan Var on September 5, 2013

Nice photo like favorite

D☼≈≈YmAc on September 23, 2013

Beautifully captured! Like

Cheers, Donny

Giannino NO VIEWS on February 19, 2014

nice scene - L I K E - The best wishes from ROME - Gianni

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  • Uploaded on March 9, 2013
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    by Cemil özkan
    • Taken on 2012/04/13 14:08:51
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 20.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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