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Hagia Sophia
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The most important church of Constantinople, built on the site of the church Μεγάλη Ἐκκλησία (Megálē Ekklēsía; 1st half of the 4th cent.). It was destroyed in AD 532 in an uprising, instigated and paid for by Justinian based on designs by the architect Anthemius of Tralles and  Isidorus [9] of Miletus as a combination of nave and  central-plan building of gigantic dimensions. The huge dome rests on four pillars with foundations in rock. Dedicated on 27 December 537 in the presence of the emperor (Procop. Aed. 1,1,20-78; Malalas 479 B), th…

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Höcker, Christoph (Kissing), “Hagia Sophia”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 03 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e501540>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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