Empress Framed Print

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At last!! Both Hagia Sophia and Hagia Eirene in one shot, as they actually appear. 2nd Century Hagia Eirene, at left, was rebuilt after the Nika Riots of 532, and served as a munitions dump under the Ottomans. Hagia Sophia, built by Justinian and Theodora, was consecrated in 537, the greatest church in Christendom for 1000 years. After 1453, it was a mosque, renovated in the 16th century by great architect Mimar Sinan, for Suleyman the Magnificent. Sinan buttressed the huge and fragile dome, anchoring the buttresses with minarets, which set off the grand old dame like a fabulous pair of earrings. No other building so completely illustrates the duality of Istanbul’s history. I still look at this and hear Mahalia Jackson singing “Way Up.”


Framed Fine Art Print

  • 21 x 7″ Sunset Cotton Etching
  • Style Name: 1/2″ Extra Border Added
  • Frame Name: (435500)
  • Frame Size: 24.00 x 10.00″
  • Mat Outer Size: 24 x 10″
  • Matting: (A4920)
  • Glazing (Acrylic Glass):
  • Mfg #: 1-435500-A4920-51188

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Trici Venola is an independent artist who has been documenting Turkish culture, history and architecture since 1999. During her adventures in Turkey, Trici has produced over 2,500 detailed line drawings. Many of the places she has documented have since disappeared. By purchasing this framed fine art print, you are receiving a beautiful and unique work of art to add character and prestige to your home or office, or to give away as an elegant gift. Your purchase contributes to this pioneering effort documenting precious history and present culture in the dynamically changing county at the center of the world.


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