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Elements of former churches on this spot

I here group elements from a former church. They are on display on the northern side of the church, in an area where there is ara a tea house, toilets, souvenir shop.

I gathered there are no definite remains of the first church visible. The second church was reconstructed by Emperor Theodosios II (408-450) in 415. This basilical structure is known to contain five naves and a monumental entrance; it is also covered by a wooden roof. See the reconstruction I found. That church was demolished in January 13, 532, after the public riot (Nika revolts) that took place during the fifth year of Emperor Justinianos’ reign (527-565), when the ‘blues’ who represented the aristocrats, and the ‘greens’ who represented the tradesman and merchants in the society, collaborated against the Empire. Remains found during the excavations led by A. M Scheinder of the Istanbul German Archeology Institute, 2 meters below ground level, include steps belonging to the Propylon (monumental door), column bases and pieces with lamb embossings that represent the 12 apostles. In addition, other architectural pieces that belong to the monumental entrance can be seen in the west garden.
Istanbul Aya Sofya elements from earlier church
Istanbul Aya Sofya elements from earlier church
Istanbul Aya Sofya elements from earlier church
Istanbul Aya Sofya elements from earlier church
stanbul Aya Sofya elements from earlier church
stanbul Aya Sofya elements from earlier church
stanbul Aya Sofya elements from earlier church
stanbul Aya Sofya elements from earlier church
stanbul Aya Sofya elements from earlier church
stanbul Aya Sofya elements from earlier church
stanbul Aya Sofya elements from earlier church
stanbul Aya Sofya elements from earlier church
Istanbul Aya Sofya as it once was
Istanbul Aya Sofya as it once was
Istanbul Aya Sofya part of Theodosius II church
Istanbul Aya Sofya part of Theodosius II church
Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1265.jpg
Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1265.jpg
Istanbul Haghia Sophia june 2009 0904.jpg
Istanbul Haghia Sophia june 2009 0904.jpg
Istanbul Aya Sofya part of Theodosius II church
Istanbul Aya Sofya part of Theodosius II church
Istanbul Aya Sofya part of Theodosius II church
Istanbul Aya Sofya part of Theodosius II church
Istanbul Haghia Sophia june 2009 0905.jpg
Istanbul Haghia Sophia june 2009 0905.jpg
Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1267.jpg
Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1267.jpg
Istanbul Haghia Sophia june 2009 0906.jpg
Istanbul Haghia Sophia june 2009 0906.jpg
Istanbul Aya Sofya part of Theodosius II church
Istanbul Aya Sofya part of Theodosius II church
Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1266.jpg
Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1266.jpg
Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1263.jpg
Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1263.jpg
Istanbul Aya Sofya part of Theodosius II church
Istanbul Aya Sofya part of Theodosius II church
Istanbul Aya Sofya part of Theodosius II church
Istanbul Aya Sofya part of Theodosius II church
Istanbul Aya Sofya part of Theodosius II church
Istanbul Aya Sofya part of Theodosius II church
Istanbul Aya Sofya part of Theodosius II church
Istanbul Aya Sofya part of Theodosius II church
Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1268.jpg
Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1268.jpg
Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1270.jpg
Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1270.jpg
Istanbul Aya Sofya part of Theodosius II church
Istanbul Aya Sofya part of Theodosius II church
Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1272.jpg
Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1272.jpg
Istanbul Aya Sofya part of Theodosius II church
Istanbul Aya Sofya part of Theodosius II church
Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1271.jpg
Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1271.jpg
Istanbul Haghia Sophia june 2009 0907.jpg
Istanbul Haghia Sophia june 2009 0907.jpg
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Istanbul Haghia Sophia june 2009 0908.jpg
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Istanbul Haghia Sophia june 2009 0909.jpg
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Istanbul Haghia Sophia june 2009 0910.jpg
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Istanbul Haghia Sophia june 2009 0911.jpg
Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1273.jpg
Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1273.jpg
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Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1264.jpg
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Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1260.jpg
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Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1261.jpg