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Mosaics in the Hagia Sophia | Elements of former churches on this spot | Hagia Sophia first floor | Outside the Hagia Sophia | Vestibule of the Warriors | Outer and inner narthex | Apse part of Hagia Sofya

Vestibule of the Warriors

This is a narrow passage that in Byzantine times was called the Vestibule of the Warriors. According to a Book of Ceremonies, a manual of Byzantine court-ritual, the Emperor removed his sword and crown before entering the narthex, his bodyguards would wait here until he returned. The great mosaic above the entrance is often overlooked by visitors, as it now functions as exit. The other mosaics to a large extent also are from the Justinian church.

There also is a wonderful door, taken from a Hellenistic temple, so older than the building itself.
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Istanbul Haghia Sophia june 2009 0902.jpg
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Istanbul Haghia Sophia june 2009 0901.jpg
Istanbul Aya Sofya present entrance
Istanbul Aya Sofya present entrance
Istanbul Aya Sofya present entrance
Istanbul Aya Sofya present entrance
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Istanbul Haghia Sophia june 2009 0895.jpg
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Istanbul Haghia Sophia june 2009 0897.jpg
Istanbul Aya Sofya door
Istanbul Aya Sofya door
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Istanbul Haghia Sophia june 2009 0899.jpg
Istanbul Aya Sofya door
Istanbul Aya Sofya door
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Istanbul Hagia Sophia march 2017 2294.jpg
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Istanbul Aya Sofya October 2016 9174.jpg
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Istanbul Aya Sofya October 2016 9175.jpg
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Istanbul Aya Sofya October 2016 9176.jpg
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Istanbul Aya Sofya October 2016 9177.jpg
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Istanbul Aya Sofya October 2016 9178.jpg
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Istanbul Aya Sofya October 2016 9179.jpg
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Istanbul Haghia Sophia december 2012 5998.jpg
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Istanbul Haghia Sophia december 2012 5999.jpg
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Istanbul Haghia Sophia december 2012 6000.jpg
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Istanbul Haghia Sophia december 2012 5996.jpg