Photographer's Note

The dome of Hagia Sophia is carried on four concave triangular pendentives, a form which was first fully realized in this building. The pendentives serve to transition from the circular base of the dome to the rectangular base below. These were reinforced with buttresses during Ottoman times, under the guidance of the architect Mimar Sinan.

The weight of the dome remained a problem for most of the building's existence. The original dome collapsed entirely in 558; in 563 a new dome was built which included ribbing and was slightly taller than the original. The second dome collapsed as well, in two portions: the western half in 989 and the eastern half in 1346. The third dome remains on the structure today.

The face of one of the cherub in the upper right corner, once covered by the Ottomans, is visible again.

Hagia Sophia is famous for the mystical quality of light that reflects everywhere in the interior of the nave, which gives the dome the appearance of hovering above the nave. Look closely and you could count the forty windows placed at the base of the dome.
there is a problem with the calibration of my led monitor, so i know not what you see from your side. hope the results aren't disappointing.

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Additional Photos by Sayeed Rahman (sayeed_rahman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 650 W: 14 N: 858] (6461)
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