Skip to comments.Muslims demand Hagia Sophia be converted into a mosque on anniversary of the fall of Constantinope
Posted on 05/29/2012 3:56:58 PM PDT by Gillibrand
Includes video of the 2012 annual celebrations of the fall of Constantinople which take place in Turkey
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Is that a bumper sticker?! Awesome!
Where’s Samson when we need him?
Sarajohnson seconds M Kehoe’s demand. :)
It was converted to a mosque, and the iconography was plastered over. Ataturk who wasn’t a Muslim AFAIK converted it into a museum. I guess you could give them credit for not outright destroying it. Although that would have been stupid whether or not they hated Christians.
Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it’s Istanbul not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Now it’s Turkish Delight on a moonlit night
So, why did Constantinople get the works?
An Architectural Masterpiece; Hagia Sophia
The most important Byzantine architecture found in Istanbul consists of churches. The most magnificent of all of the Byzantine churches is the Hagia Sophia. This church was designed by the architects Anthemios of Tralles and Izidorus of Miletus. This construction of the second Hagia Sophia was started in 532 by the order of the Emperor Justinian and was built over the ruins of an earlier structure. Materials were brought from Ephesus, Athens, Rome, and Delphi and were used in the construction of this magnificent building. The church was opened for worship five years later, in 537. The Hagia Sophia has a diameter of 31-33 meters and a height of 54 meters and is covered with a large dome. The church was considerably damaged by the earthquake of 557 and the nephew of the Architect Izidorus supervised the repair of the structure.
Because Byzantium was strongly under the intluence of Rome at the time of the construction of the Hagia Sophia, this structure is an amalgam of the magnificence of Roman architecture with the standard church architecture of the Byzantines. The original mosaics of the church were severely damaged by the Iconoclasts, but new mosaics replaced the former in the 9th century after the period of Iconoclasm had disappeared.
Besides the religious subjects of the mosaics used to decorate the interior surfaces, the emperor was also used as a subject. One mosaic depicts the Virgin Mary with the emperors Justinian and Constantine sitting at her sides. Another mosaic shows Jesus sitting on a throne with the Emperor Leon 7 kneeling before him. Another mosaic is of Mary and John the Baptist imploring Jesus for mercy in the name of the people. All these mosaics bear traces of Hellenistic influences. There are also several mosaic "portraits" of other members of the imperial family. Portrait art was very advanced during the Byzantine period. After Fatih captured the city this structure was used for worship by the Moslems. In 1934 Ataturk ordered that the structure be used as a museum.
Deciphering the Eighth Wonder of the World
Almost one and a half thousand years after its construction in the center of ancient Constantinople, Saint Sophia* has divulged the secret of its design principle. Volker Hoffmann, professor at the Institute for Art History at the University of Bern, deciphered this using state-of-the-art HDS laser technology from Leica Geosystems. Some of the first laser evaluations went on show for the first time in mid July 2004 in Istanbul at the Congress of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) and attracted numerous visitors. In mid-October, the Leica HDS3000 was used to record the floors of this building. The handheld laser meter Leica DISTO also played an important role at an early stage of the research project.
The impossible task of determining the dimensions
The key experience on entering the main room through the emperor's gate, which immediately presents itself in full view exposing its full width and height up to the vertex of the huge dome, is the impossible task of finding a clear relationship to the proportions and an accurate calculation of the dimensions writes the Marco Polo travel guide. This phenomenon, which was intended by its architects, is produced by the spatial structure, the apparent weightlessness of the dome, and the bewildering abundance of direct and indirect lighting effects. Thanks to the work of the Bernese art historians, insights into these dimensions and their consistent application by the architects and builders of the day are now available.
Constructional wonder of the world from one to one point zero six
Volker Hoffmann working together with his employee Nikolaos Theocharis in a research project sponsored by the Swiss National Fund found that the entire design of Saint Sophia is based on an analemma. This is a projection technique that was described by Ptolemaeus. This technique made it possible to interconnect the earth and the canopy of heaven in accordance with the view of the world at the time: the sphere representing the sky, god and the church, and the cube representing the earth with its four directions, above and below, and the Emperors real. For Saint Sophia, according to Volker Hoffmann's findings, Anthemios and Isidoros devised an overlapping double-square analemma as a uniform design shape for the ground plan and the elevation of the cathedral, penetrating each other three-dimensionally in the form of a cube and sphere. After performing 3-D laser measurements with the aid of a HDS Leica 3000 laser scanner at Saint Sophia, the two scientists from the University of Bern used the technique known as reverse engineering to decipher a master plan generated some 1470 years ago. It is based on a ratio of 1 to 1.06 of the small square to the large square. On the basis of the investigations they have performed to date, the researchers have arrived at the conclusion that there are no layout-related points or lines in Saint Sophia that cannot be deduced from this master plan using geometric logic. The Leica Disto also played an important role. In Volker Hoffmann's words: Thanks to this compact and highly practical laser measuring instrument, we were able for the first time to determine the precise distances of the four supporting pillars at the simple press of a button. This was highly important at the start of our work for the calculation of the dimensions of the double circle/double square.
Ingenious design principle reconstructed
This design and building principle described by Volker Hoffmann as the master plan of Saint Sophia is truly ingenious. Putting it simply, the master plan was marked out with pegs and strings on the building site, meaning that the builder then only had to measure in the double square, which in turn allowed him to transfer across very precisely all the other points (pegs) and lines (strings and/or lines of bearing) of the Saint Sophia architectural elements, says the professor for architectural history and preservation of historical monuments from the University of Bern. In the second half of April 2005, following the completion of the laser evaluations and after consulting the museums director Mustafa Akkaya, results of this research work are to be presented in the form of an exhibition for the 14 million inhabitants of Istanbul and for the scores of visitors that flock to Saint Sophia. The two thousand-odd photogrammetry and remote sensing experts who travelled to the ISPRS Congress in July 2004 have already gained an insight into this in Istanbul at the Leica Geosystems exhibition stand. The final results are to be presented also in exhibitions in Berlin and Bern. Exhibition sites in the US and in France are also foreseen.
Comments by: W P Mallow
Martel? Hulagu Khan could have burnt Mecca to the ground if he had just kept going.
Let them convert it to a mosque as long as they don’t remove the frescoes so that, when they pray, they will know without doubt whom they worship.
And I demand that the Grand Mosque be converted to a Kosher farmer’s market.
A new hero.
That’s nobody’s business but the Turks’.
Low yield nukes on Mecca & Medina because they lie in bowls like Hiroshima.
Neutron weapon on Gaza. Kills jihadis but leaves Israel intact.
High yield on Aswan High Dam. Nothing else works on the world’s biggest pile of quarried rubble. World’s biggest toilet flush when it’s breached. Goodbye Cairo, goodbye Muslim Brotherhood. Hello peace.
over the centuries, mooseslimes have taken over countless Christian churches and made them into mosques.
Can you imagine if even one mosque were taken over -
If I am correct Hagia Sophia was a mosque before being made a museum. Certianly the mosaics that made it a church were removed during the crusades.
You can co-exist with Moslems when you show them who is in charge! They respect power and force only!
Hagia Sophia should be an Orthodox Cathedral. Maybe the Orthodox nations should gang up and insist upon it, like Russia. Mr. Putin, use your power to get the Turks to hand back this monument so people can worship there—as was intended by Emperor Justinian.
The greatest example of Muslims taking over a holy site and showing Islam's supposed supremacy over all other religions is the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
The Mosque of Omar was built first to the side, and then the Dome of the Rock was built over what Islam claims is the site that Mohammad's winged stallion launched him upward into heaven (talk about Arabian folktales).
Some believe the Dome of the Rock was originally an Orthodox church (octagonal in shape)that was converted. The architecture of this building is not Muslim. They then painted Arabic on the inside insulting Christianity. Why do this unless the original building was a church?
Also the Dome of the Rock could not be over the site of the Jewish second temple. It had been built over a threshing floor. Who could thresh wheat on that rocky outcropping inside the Dome of the Rock.
The Dome of the Rock is located in the court of the Gentiles. The real site of the Holy of Holies is probably under the Dome of the Tablets. This site lines up with the Eastern Gate, as did the Temple entrance.