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Hagia Sophia (Istanbul). The Church of the Holy Wisdom, known as Hagia Sophia (???? ?????) in Greek, Sancta Sophia in Latin, and Ayasofya or Aya Sofya in Turkish, is a former Byzantine church and former Ottoman mosque in Istanbul. Now a museum, Hagia Sophia is universally acknowledged as one of the great buildings of the world. Unfortunately nothing remains of the original Hagia Sophia, which was built on this site in the fourth century by Constantine the Great. Constantine was the first Christian emperor and the founder of the city of Constantinople, which he called "the New Rome." The Hagia Sophia was one of several great churches he built in important cities throughout his empire. Following the destruction of Constantine's church, a second was built by his son Constantius and the emperor Theodosius the Great. This second church was burned down during the Nika riots of 532, though fragments of it have been excavated and can be seen today. Hagia Sophia was rebuilt in her present form between 532 and 537 under the personal supervision of Emperor Justinian I. It is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture, rich with mosaics and marble pillars and coverings. After completion, Justinian is said to have exclaimed, ???????? ?? ??????? ("Solomon, I have outdone thee!"). The architects of the church were Isidore of Miletus and Anthemius of Tralles, who were professors of geometry at the University of Constantinople. Their work was a technical triumph, even though the structure was severely damaged several times by earthquakes. The original dome collapsed after an earthquake in 558 and its replacement fell in 563. Steps were taken to better secure the dome, but there were additional partial collapses in 989 and 1346. Justinian's basilica was both the culminating architectural achievement of Late Antiquity and the first masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. Its influence, both architecturally and liturgically, was widespread and enduring in the Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Muslim worlds alike. For over 900 years the Hagia Sophia was the seat of the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople and a principal setting for church councils and imperial ceremonies. In 1204 the cathedral was ruthlessly attacked, desecrated and plundered by the Crusaders, who also ousted the Patriarch of Constantinople and replaced him with a Latin bishop. This event cemented the division of the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches that had begun with the Great Schism of 1054. It also means that most of Hagia Sophia's riches can be seen today not in Istanbul, but in the treasury of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice. Despite this violent setback, Hagia Sophia remained a functioning church until May 29, 1453, when Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror entered triumphantly into the city of Constantinople. He was amazed at the beauty of the Hagia Sophia and immediately converted it into his imperial mosque. Hagia Sophia served as the principal mosque of Istanbul for almost 500 years. It became a model for many of the Ottoman mosques of Istanbul such as the Blue Mosque, the Suleiman Mosque, the Shehzade Mosque and the Rustem Pasha Mosque. No major structural changes were made at first; the addition of a mihrab (prayer niche), minbar (pulpit) and a wooden minaret made a mosque out of the church. At some early point, all the faces depicted in the church's mosaics were covered in plaster due to the Islamic prohibition of figurative imagery. Various additions were made over the centuries by successive sultans.Sultan Mehmed II built a madrasa (religious school) near the mosque and organized a waqf for its expenses. Extensive restorations were conducted by Mimar Sinan during the rule of Selim II, including the original sultan's loge and another minaret. Mimar Sinan built the mausoleum of Selim II to the southeast of the mosque in 1577 and the mausoleums of Murad III and Mehmed III were built next to it in the 1600s. Mahmud I ordered a restoration of the mosque in 1739 and added an ablution fountain, Koranic school, soup kitchen and library, making the mosque the center of a social complex. The most famous restoration of the Hagia Sophia was completed between 1847-49 by Abdulmecid II, who invited Swiss architects Gaspare and Guiseppe Fossati to renovate the mosque. The brothers consolidated the dome and vaults, straightened columns,and revised the decoration of the exterior and the interior. The discovery of the figural mosaics after the secularization of Hagia Sophia was guided by the descriptions of the Fossati brothers, who had uncovered them a century earlier for cleaning and recording. The Fossatis also added the calligraphic roundels that remain today. They were commissioned to calligrapher Kazasker Izzet Efendi and replaced older panels hanging on the piers. In 1934, under Turkish president Kemal Ataturk, Hagia Sofia was secularized and turned into the Ayasofya Museum. The prayer rugs were removed, revealiSong: Morocco (click pic and read song below)
Song: Morocco Journey By: Daniel Wiener Composed: 10/2009 Sailing off from the tip of Spain It was me, my friends and a girl named Jane Sea was aqua and the cliffs were raging Sharks abound, wave wars a waging Gibraltar, insulted to be called a rock Echoed I ain’t no bird of a flock Morocco-bound we rolled around Hot waves crushing—thumping sound Times like these they don’t come twice You want this memory? Well, it has no price. So take your dollar on down the line Because over here this dream’s all mine. Pale faced, we disembarked in Tangiers Walking for what felt like years Government men swarmed us like flies Just dirty locals wrapped in lies we acquiesced to all their hassle couldn’t complain ‘cause we slept in a castle who would guess a dollar bill was worth to them a good month’s fill Times like these they don’t come twice You want this memory? Well, it has no price. So take your dollar on down the line Because over here this dream’s all mine. The tracks were hot as we waited for the train The local to Fez almost turned me insane That’s when we met Sayeed the saint And the man with the seizure who almost faint Passengers believed the devil was in control But Sayeed knew better and saved his soul. In celebration Sid invited us to his abode He yelled 9pm, couscous a la mode! Times like these they don’t come twice You want this memory? Well, it has no price. So take your dollar on down the line Because over here this dream’s all mine. Later in Fez we went to pull some cash But the bank was closed so we had no stash. A man named Mo came our way exclaimed your shit out of luck this time of day. Mo befriended us travelers in time of need So we exchanged the story of Sayeed’s good deed. Lo and behold who would surmise Sayeed’s my best friend, Mo said to surprise! Times like these they don’t come twice You want this memory? Well, it has no price. So take your dollar on down the line Because over here this dream’s all mine. Mo led us to his abode and clapped his hand Like magic, we had fruit—fresh from the stand! Still reveling from the taste of nectar Mo invited us to Fez’s oldest sector Funny how trust works in these situations Everyone’s my friend after the libations! We laughed it up but it was time to depart Sun touching down–Sid’s feast ‘bout to start Times like these they don’t come twice You want this memory? Well, it has no price. So take your dollar on down the line Because over here this dream’s all mine. 5 strangers white to the bone Welcomed by Sayeed, unto his throne Tiled mosaics patterned our head Dizzy from the thought of breaking bread Sayeed’s woman danced to the aroma Creating a masterpiece fit for the Moma A parade of plates—palettes of pigment Was it our imagination or a divine figment The fragrance of the feast ripe for the picking We had our way, fingers licking Times like these they don’t come twice You want this memory? Well, it has no price. So take your dollar on down the line Because over here this dream’s all mine. Next day, Mo came to get me and the crew Oh my oh my! how his posse grew. At our door were two meathead tards Mo smiled and said meet your bodyguards Story has it—in the narrow maze of the shook You may get robbed by a crafty crook Who better to trust than our old friend Mo Off to the old city, let the good times flow Times like these they don’t come twice You want this memory? Well, it has no price. So take your dollar on down the line Because over here this dream’s all mine. The Turkish bath was first on the list 10 Dinar an hour—I checked my wrist They split us by gender to our apprehension Entering the unknown only tightened the tension 3 foggy rooms, each increasingly steamy The malaise of the bath made it so dreamy My friend and I lay de-robed on the floor Plebeian class let out a laughing roar It’s all the rage for corporeal cleaning Just not a spa or even close to that meaning In to the hot room, 2 loin-clothed men appear The crowd grew with anticipation, us with fear! They stretched us to our limits testing our might Steam was pumping, uncertain was our plight Out came hand mitts of the roughest nature New-us Epidermis, that’s the nomenclature The rendezvous was where we first stood The ladies agreed…it all hurt so good! Times like these they don’t come twice You want this memory? Well, it has no price. So take your dollar on down the line Because over here this dream’s all mine. We were so relaxed—like a walk in the park The chaotic reality made the difference stark Mo discovered our loose state of mind ‘said, “These are like no other you’ll ever find! Rugs galore—now go in and feel Government store—you can’t beat this deal” We heard stories of deceit before we arrived So we made a pact, which so far thrived We promised each other to leave this land Without a single thread in our hand Mo was our friend so we went in for a peak But we didn’t leave f
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