Turkey 2008 – Hagia Sophia Mosaics

One of the things that makes the Hagia Sophia so amazing, are the Byzantine mosaics.

Some are easy to find…

…others are a little more difficult.

The detail is quite astonishing – but what I found most moving was the faces.

In particular, that of Jesus.

The art historians amongst you, will be able to comment on the perspective, lack of realism etc. etc. – but I could have looked into these eyes for ever.

Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ Λόγος, καὶ ὁ Λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν Θεόν, καὶ Θεὸς ἦν ὁ Λόγος

The remaining mosaics aren’t just set pieces – there’s lots beautiful pattern work.

My favourite? This one with Christ, the Empress Zoe and her third husband. It rather tickled me, that she had the mosaic remodelled each time she remarried :-).