The Hagia Sophia
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This paper is a discussion of the distinctive features of the famous cathedral in Constantinople, now Istanbul, which remains one of the wonders of Byzantine architecture, with its huge dome supported by just four piers rather than a complete barrel, and its combination of centralized and basilica style church structure.
From the Paper:"Among the churches of the world, the Hagia Sophia is among the most widely known. It has been called the supreme achievement of Byzantine architecture. Part of its greatness stems from the fact that this building represents a wonderful melding of the centralized and the basilica form of churches. Designers used a "centralized" plan to create a wide space designed around centered, hallowed ceremonial spots linked to heavens above. However, this form had certain drawbacks as compared to the basilica plan. A centralized plan did not provide the processional axes that Christian ritual came to..."
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