Byzantine mosaics for ahpookishere (oh, there will be no stopping me now that I have someone to get all geeky about iconography with - with whom I can get all geeky . . . .?) The cross is from the ceiling of an apse on the lower floor. The light in Hagia Sophia is other-wordly - it comes from every direction and the mosaics glow from within. For all my mosaic love the viking graffiti is really my favorite part of the building but I can't find my photo of the carvings. I like to imagine the viking invaders scrawling: For a good time call, or Gorm was here, or something.
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