Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Icons of Angels

Angel’s face uncovered at Istanbul’s Haghia Sophia cathedral

Restoration work has uncovered a long-hidden mosaic of an angel’s face at Istanbul’s Byzantine cathedral - the Hagia Sophia.

The seraphim figure is one of two located on the side of a dome. The figures had been covered up along with the building’s other Christian mosaics shortly after Constantinople - the former name for Istanbul - fell to the Ottomans in 1453. At that time, the cathedral was turned into a mosque.

The mosaics were plastered over according to Muslim custom that prohibits the representation of humans.

Icon Painting & What''s Behind Colours & Forms-Theology of Icons Nr.3 by Nikol Konstante

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