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Angels face uncovered at Istanbuls Haghia Sophia | PressDemocrat.com | The Press Democrat | Santa Rosa, CA

25 Jul

ANKARA, Turkey – Restoration workers have uncovered a well-preserved, long-hidden mosaic face of an angel at the former Byzantine cathedral of Haghia Sophia in Istanbul, an official said Friday.

The seraphim figure – one of two located on the side of a dome – had been covered up along with the building’s other Christian mosaics shortly after Constantinople – the former name for Istanbul – fell to the Ottomans in 1453 and the cathedral was turned into a mosque.

The mosaics were plastered over according to Muslim custom that prohibits the representation of humans.

via Angels face uncovered at Istanbuls Haghia Sophia | PressDemocrat.com | The Press Democrat | Santa Rosa, CA.

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