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Apse mosaic

From the Wikipedia: "The Virgin and Child mosaic was the first of the post-iconoclastic mosaics. It was inaugurated on 29 March 867 by Patriarch Photius and the emperors Michael III and Basil I. This mosaic is situated in a high location on the half dome of the apse. Mary is sitting on a throne without a back, holding the Child Jesus on her lap. Her feet rest on a pedestal. Both the pedestal and the throne are adorned with precious stones. The portraits of the archangels Gabriel and Michael (largely destroyed) in the bema of the arch also date from the 9th century. The mosaics are set against the original golden background of the 6th century. These mosaics were believed to be a reconstruction of the mosaics of the 6th century that were previously destroyed during the iconoclastic era by the Byzantines of that time, as represented in the inaugural sermon by the patriarch Photios. However, no record of figural decoration of Hagia Sophia exists before this time."

The mosaic is in the conch of the apse.
Istanbul Aya Sofya apse mosaic
Istanbul Aya Sofya apse mosaic
Istanbul Aya Sofya apse mosaic
Istanbul Aya Sofya apse mosaic
Istanbul Aya Sofya apse mosaic
Istanbul Aya Sofya apse mosaic
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