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Southwestern entrance

From the Wikipedia: "The southwestern entrance mosaic, situated in the tympanum of the southwestern entrance, dates from the reign of Basil II. It was rediscovered during the restorations of 1849 by the Fossatis. The Virgin sits on a throne without a back, her feet resting on a pedestal, embellished with precious stones. The Child Christ sits on her lap, giving His blessing and holding a scroll in His left hand. On her left side stands emperor Constantine in ceremonial attire, presenting a model of the city to Mary. The inscription next to him says: "Great emperor Constantine of the Saints". On her right side stands emperor Justinian I, offering a model of the Hagia Sophia. The medallions on both sides of the Virgin's head carry the monograms MP and ΘY, an abbreviation of "Mētēr" and "Theou", meaning "Mother of God""
Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1400.jpg
Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1400.jpg
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Istanbul Hagia Sophia march 2017 2291.jpg
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Istanbul Hagia Sophia march 2017 2292.jpg
Istanbul Aya Sofya present entrance
Istanbul Aya Sofya present entrance
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Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1402.jpg
Istanbul Aya Sofya present entrance
Istanbul Aya Sofya present entrance
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Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1403.jpg
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Istanbul Hagia Sophia march 2017 2290.jpg
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Istanbul Aya Sofya present entrance
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Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1404.jpg
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Istanbul Hagia Sophia march 2017 2288.jpg
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Istanbul Hagia Sofya dec 2016 1405.jpg
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