Coronation of Emperor Justinian

4 April 527 CE

East Roman Emperor Justinian I (482-565) with crown and sceptre. Mosaic

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    East Roman Emperor Justinian I (482-565) with crown and sceptre. Mosaic

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    Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom) church and mosque, now museum. Built under Justinian (527-565) over a 4th ct. basilica.Minarets were added when the church became a mosque after the Turkish conquest in 1453.Painted-over mosaics were restored under Sultan Abdul Mecit in 1847. Hagia Sophia was the seat of the Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople (also known as Byzanz or Istanbul) and a principal setting for Byzantine imperial ceremonies. In this church the coronation of emperor Alexios IV Angelo took place on August 1 1203.

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    Madonna and child, flanked by Emperor Justinian, (527-565),left, with the model of Hagia Sophia and inscription "Justinian,famous king"; and Constantine I (280-337) with the model of Byzantium and the inscrip- tion "Constantine,among the saints, great king".

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    Interior of Hagia Sophia.The cupola is 55 m high,and measures 31 m across.The green columns come from the harbour gymnasium in Ephesos,the red porphiry columns from the temple of Jupiter in Baalbek.Columns have byzantine capitals,some bear the initials of Justinian.

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    Christ, from the Deesis in the north gallery of Hagia Sophia. Detail of 15-03-09/8 Full mosaic shows from left to right: Saint Mary, Christ and Saint John Baptist.

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    Saint Mary and child from the apse of Hagia Sophia (shortly after 834)


    Rider thrown and kicked by his horse. Scene from the 250 sq.meter mosaic from the peristyle court of Emperor Justinian's palace.The central mosaic, 250 sq.meters, shows hunting scenes, animals fighting, country life, andf children at play. 530-540 CE


    Children with pet bird riding a camel. From the mosaics of the peristyle court and adjoining audience hall od Emperor Justinian's palace.Originally the mosaics covered an area of 1872 sq.meters. 530-540 CE


    Archangel ivory panel, around 525-550 CE. An archangel is poised at the top of a flight of stairs,holding a staff in his left hand and an orb in his right, surmounted by a jewelled cross. His wings and body overlap fluted columns with composite capitals and an arch richly decorated with acanthus leaves. Probably carved in Constantinopel and associated with the accession of Justinian I in 527 CE. M&ME, OA 9999


    Gold solidus of Justinian I.,minted at Constantinople, 527-565. Justinian's general Belisarius recaptured Rome and Ravenna from the Ostrogoths and Carthage from the Vandals. There was a brief revival of imperial authority under Justinian and coins were issued in Italy and surrounding Germanic kingdoms. CM BMC Justinian 5


    Ladies of the court of Empress Theodora, wife of Justinian I (Detail of the mosaic Empress Theodora and her attendants) Mosaic on the south wall of the apse; 547 CE


    Barberini Diptych,showing the triumph of an Emperor,probably Justinian (482-565). Ivory from Constantinople,1st half 6th. 24,2 x 26,8 cm OA 9063