Hagia Sophia Interior

Narthexes

In Hagia Sophia, there are two narthexes, the inner narthex and the outer narthex. Narthexes used to prepare the believers to spiritual world as they were entering the holy place. There was an atrium with five gates before the outer narthex originally. The emperor would come through the Beautiful Gate (Orea Porta) and the weepers would be allowed to stay in the narthexes.

  • Narthexes
  • Narthexes
  • Narthexes
  • Narthexes in Ottoman Period
  • Narthexes in ottoman period
  • Narthexes - Doors
  • Narthexes - Doors
  • Narthexes - Doors
  • Narthexes - Doors
  • Narthexes - Doors
  • Narthexes - Doors
  • Narthexes - Doors
  • Door details, narthex
  • details, narthex
  • stone threshold at Hagia Sophia
  • stone threshold at Hagia Sophia
  • stone threshold at Hagia Sophia
  • stone threshold at Hagia Sophia
  • stone threshold at Hagia Sophia
  • stone threshold at Hagia Sophia

Today in the outer narthex, some relics (like a copy of Synod Tablets, Porphyr Altar, Snake Patterned Pool, Bell of Hagia Sophia and Sarcophagus of an Empress) from Hagia Sophia church are exhibited. Five gates lead into the inner narthex. The little domes of the inner narthex are covered with mosaics. There is a rampart leading to the upper gallery on the north side.

  • Snake-Patterned-Pool-of-Hagia-Sophia
  • Synod Tablets
  • Synod Tablets
  • Sarcophagus of an Empress in Narthex
  • Porphyry Altar of Hagia Sophia
  • Justinian's Latin Cross
  • Justinian's Latin Cross
  • Narthexes
  • Narthexes
  • Narthexes
  • Mosaic Panel - Narthex
  • Mosaic Panel - Narthex
  • Detail - Narthex
  • Bell of Hagia Sophia
  • Bell of Hagia Sophia
  • Bell of Hagia Sophia Narthex
  • Bell of Hagia Sophia
  • Bell of Hagia Sophia
  • Bell of Hagia Sophia

A Crested Brick

There is a crested brick on the ground floor beneath the Emperor’s door. This adobe brick was, by chance, upside and it was written: “Constantinople” on it.

  • Crested Brick
  • Crested Brick - it was written Constantinople
  • Crested Brick Narthexes
  • Crested Brick Narthexes
  • Crested Brick Narthexes

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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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