The unique relief, innocent at transformation of church into a mosque in Turkey
Church (the Agrarian Party of Russia is open for rounds in Turkey. – окт. 9. 00-18. 00, нояб. – февр. W-vs 8. 00-16. 00, in March of W-vs 8. 00-17. 00; the price of the entrance ticket — 2YTL) has very changed form of the cross entered in a square, with a dome which is supported by four columns, and 3 apses of a threefold nave in the east. In the western part its narthex lasts for all width of a nave. From the North, the West and the South the church is decorated by porticoes with the cylindrical arches. Before on your trip to Turkey to enter inside and to admire frescos known for the whole world, be late for a minute to study being exposed to impact of bad weather for a long time, but still fine carving of a frieze of the southern portico on which are represented Adam and Eve in a paradise garden. It is the unique relief which has not been spoilt turned church in a mosque in Turkey by Ottomans. In it strong influence Armenian, Georgian and even Assyrian cultures of Turkey is felt, and above over a biblical scene of the master have arranged an odnogolovy eagle — the dynasty coat of arms Komninov. Grace, warmth and expressivity strikingly distinguish frescos Aja Sofia from their rough predecessors and put them on one step with other masterpieces of that era which can be found in Serbia, Macedonia and Constantinople of that time. More printsipny compositions are in an apse, a narthex, also in northern portico often missed from attention. In the central apse we see the Rise scene over Virgin Mary sitting between 2 archangels sitting on the Throne. The northern wall of the same apse is decorated by a fresco.
Small museum in Turkey, located about Aja Sofia
Wonderful fishing. It is considered that in a southeast apse once there was Manuil’s I tomb. In a dome, to chagrin, it was not possible to rescue the image of the Rescuer, but apostles and the angels who were turned over them are perfectly visible. The ceiling of a narthex is broken by edges into three parts and almost completely devoted to scenes from life of the Christ. On 4 arches of the central section are represented surrounded серафимами тетраморфы (signs of evangelists: heads of an angel, bull, lion and eagle). Nearby, in the southern part — the Wedding image in Caen, the Young Christ preaching in the temple, Healing blind in Siloama and Healing of the daughter канаанита (with belching demons) whereas the northern arch 5 thousand people and storm Suppression on the Galilean lake decorate Nakormleniye. In a northern portico follows visit attention to scenes from the Old Testament, including on Iov’s Tortures and Iakov’s Dream. The heap of stones to the North from church as the history of Turkey argues, was once a baptismal font, and the square tower in the West is attached after, in 1443, and specifies strong Italian influence. If the tower is open — that happens from time to time — it is possible to come inside to look at its frescos which, vobshchy, do not come within miles of frescos in the church. In a garden opposite to a ticket office there is a small museum of Turkey (Aja Sofia works at the same o’clock, as, an additional entrance fee — 2YTL). It represents the rural house in Turkey, constructed and arranged as the ordinary dwelling of the Black Sea coast, and the serender (a barn on piles) the 1920th with wood disks at tops of the columns, intended to prevent mice to reach grain. In nearby cafe sell soft drinks and snack.
Visit in church Aja Sofia the ordered rounds to Turkey from Volgograd can.