Have you ever wondered what it might be like to actually WALK THROUGH CONSTANTINOPLE? This wonderful web site is a re-creation based on archeological records and the knowledge of great scholars merged with a wonderful geeky computer person. Go see what they have done! It is WONDERFUL!
APPROACHING BY SEA the traveler could have seen these sea walls and marveled at the size and scope of the defenses! They would see the Hagia Sophia in the distance on a rise– imagine approaching at night during Easter with the entire place lit up?
I can just imagine sitting in these seats (scroll down a bit) and watching the races. I love horse races! Scroll a bit further down and imagine driving your horses through the arch onto the track and the cheering of the crowds.
The Monastery of St John the Baptist was of great influence in the 9th century and very likely in my focus on the 10th century. The architecture dates back into the mid to late 400’s. It is very beautiful and the original funding was by a senator Stoudios.
Home to Basil II in the 10th century: the Boukoleon Palace.
Of course I had to visit the page for the Hagia Sophia. I read a book on Liturgy for my period and region of the world. It talked about where the Divine Liturgy began and from which point it moved. Quite the complicated liturgical pattern! Now I can “see” the building and imagine each part of the Divine Liturgy.
Oh the joy I feel when perusing these pages!
I am very much hoping that this marvelous web site eventually will become a full color table top book with a CD– that is what I want. I would happily spend for a book and CD like that– and might even give a copy as a gift if I knew of a family member who would appreciate it enough!
Or maybe a wonderful app for the IPad where you could walk through and click on the map and read about each place. I would download that to my iPad in a heartbeat, and again to my kid’s iPad! I’d buy such an app!
So, go visit this wonderful site and enjoy. Wish they had a go-fund-me so they can do even more of this sort of work. I love archeology recreated so we can better understand what the places were like in the past.