Haghia Sofia

I sat amongst many other tourists and Istanbullu in the Sultanahmet Park today with Hagya Sofia in front of me and the Blue Mosque with its six minarets behind me. Hagya Sofya means “divine wisdom” and is the most famous Byzantine building in Turkey. The soaring dome gleaming gold mosaics and innumerable stained-glass windows give it an extraordinary sense of space, mystery and  majesty. Built by Emperor Justinian it was completed in 532 — yes you have read correctly — 1500 years ago! It was proclaimed a museum by Ataturk in 1934. You could fit Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral under its’ dome.

Je me suis assise dans le parc Suntanahmet au milieu de touristes et de Turques avec Hagya Sofia en avant de moi et la Mosquée Bleue dans mon dos. Hagya Sofya veut dire “sagesse divine” et est l’immeuble Byzantin le plus reconnu dans toute la Turquie. Construite par l’empereur Justinien elle a été complétée en 532 — oui oui, vous avez bien lu — 532, il y a 1500 ans! En 1934 le grand Ataturk l’a transformée en musée. Vous pourriez mettre la cathédrale de Paris sous son dome -)

Paper: Pentalic Sketchbook // Colours: Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Perrol, Serpentine, Deep Sap Green & French Ultramarine,  

 

 

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About Jane Hannah

Canadian graphic artist, painter, sketcher, typographer, calligrapher and teacher at Cégep John Abbott College in Québec, Canada. Jane Hannah also has a website for her students at www.gimligraphics.com and a main blog at www.janehannah.com. She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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