$35 USD per device. This program is 60 mins, including time to ask questions and exchange ideas. Suitable for all ages, no background required.

  • Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 12:00 pm EST
  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 3:00 pm EST
  • Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 6:00 pm EST

The Byzantine Church of Hagia Sophia (built 532-6) has an incredible history.  The building survived political riots and earthquakes.  It was transformed into a mosque, and then later a museum. We will focus on this majestic site in Istanbul using all the senses, as the original Byzantine believers may have experienced it. For ceremonies —both imperial and spiritual—they smelled incense and flowers, saw glittering mosaics, colored stonework, and touched precious silks and miraculous relics.  They heard church choirs within, under an iconic dome ringed with windows that gave the illusion of a heavenly canopy floating above them. Be transported in time and space to what was once known as Constantinople.

You will:

  • Learn about the feats of engineering required to build the largest free-standing domed building in the world until the modern era.
  • Understand how the Byzantines experienced Hagia Sophia.
  • Hear what scholars are doing today, to recreate the sounds of the original church choirs.

Your educator Dr. Jennifer Ball, is Professor of Art History at The City University of New York specializing in the art of the Byzantine Empire. Among other honors, Dr Ball was recently awarded the Claire Tow Distinguished Teaching Award at CUNY.

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Image: Benh LIEU SONG, Minarets of Hagia Sophia, June 2010

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