Exterior Hagia Sophia

Augustaion

Augustaion-and-Hagia-Sophia

Originally built as an agora and named as Tetrastoon (because of the four columns) by Septimus Severus, Augustaion would be used on ceremonial occasions and later as a forecourt of Hagia Sophia. This rectangular court was in front of Hagia Sophia. It was between the Chalke (the entrance of the Great Palace) and Mese (Divanyolu).

Million-Stone-ConstantinopleThe Million stone which is thought to be the starting point in the world was outside on the Ausgustaion. In the southwest corner of it, there was a 50 meter high bronze sheated column which would carry the statue of Justinian (column of Justinian) holding a globe on one hand and pointing the east with other hand.

The square was full of statues of the Emperors like Justinian and Theodosius. There was also a statue of Augusta Helena by whose name Augustaion was named after.

The square was destructed firstly by the 4th Crusaders however it was demolished mostly by the Ottomans.

  • Hagia Sophia and Augustaion
  • Hagia Sophia and Augustaion
  • Hagia Sophia and Augustaion
  • column of Justinian
  • column of Justinian
  • column of Justinian
  • column of Justinian
  • Buildings in Constantinople: inner court of a caravanserai with various animals and the cupola of a mosque in the background.
  • Imperial District of Constantinople
  • Messe - the main street of Constantinople

 


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Hagia Sophia Research Team (HSRT) consists of a group of people who likes to research Byzantine Heritage in Turkey by visiting and taking photos of the historical places.

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