18 September 2015

Hagia Sophia

This morning as I entered Hagia Sophia I crossed myself in the Orthodox fashion, three times, forehead, chest, to the right and then the left. This gob-smacking building may be officially a museum, but it will always be a church to those of the Orthodox faith. It's staggering to think it was built in 537 AD, almost a thousand years before St Peters in Rome. It was designed by the Greek scientists Isidore of Miletus and Anthemius of Tralles.
I wonder how many of the other visitors today knew that September 17 is the name day for all Sophias? That today is the saints day to honour this church? I came today especially to honour my amazing mother and my beloved niece and God-daughter.