~ The great Byzantine empress, Theodora ~ .
Theodora, was born in 497 in Constantinople [now Istanbul, Turkey]. She was a Byzantine empress, wife of the emperor Justinian I (reigned 527–565), and probably the most powerful woman in Byzantine history. Her intelligence and political acumen made her Justinian’s most trusted adviser and enabled her to use the power and influence of her office to promote religious and social policies that favoured her interests.
Her father, Acacius, was a bear keeper at the Hippodrome (circus) in Constantinople. We say that she became an actress and prostitute while still young. When Justinian met her, she had been converted to monophysitism, a non-orthodox doctrine. Attracted by her beauty and intelligence, he made her his mistress and married her in 525. When Justinian succeeded to the throne in 527, she was proclaimed augusta.
Theodora exercised considerable influence, and though she was never coregent, her superior intelligence and deft handling of political affairs caused many to think that it was she, rather than Justinian, who ruled Byzantium. Her name is mentioned in nearly all the laws passed during that period. She received foreign envoys and corresponded with foreign rulers, functions usually reserved for the emperor. Her influence in political affairs was decisive, as illustrated in the Nika revolt of January 532. The two political factions in Constantinople, the Blues and the Greens, united in their opposition to the government and set up a rival emperor. Justinian’s advisers urged him to flee, but Theodora advised him to stay and save his empire.
Theodora is remembered as one of the first rulers to recognize the rights of women, passing strict laws to prohibit the traffic in young girls and altering the divorce laws to give greater benefits to women. She spent much of her reign trying to mitigate the laws against the monophysites.
The #Church of the Holy #Apostles (Greek: Ἅγιοι Ἀπόστολοι, Agioi Apostoloi; Turkish: Havariyyun Kilisesi), also known as the #Imperial Polyándreion (imperial #cemetery ), was a #Greek Eastern #Orthodox church in #Constantinople , capital of the Eastern #Roman#Empire . The first structure dates to the 4th century, though future emperors would add to and improve on the space. It was second in size and importance only to the #HagiaSophia among the great churches of the capital. When Constantinople fell to the #Ottomans in 1453, the Holy Apostles briefly became the seat of the #Ecumenical#Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church. Three years later the edifice, which was in a dilapidated state, was abandoned by the Patriarch, and in 1461 it was demolished by the Ottomans to make way for the #FatihMosque .
As the only city existing on two continents, a much fought-over history due to its strategic location straddling the Bosphorus Strait between Europe and Asia, and serving as the capital of two of the worlds greatest empires, it is amazing that the architecture of Istanbul has withstood the test of time. The Sultanahmet district complete with incredible palaces, basilicas, mosques and bazaars make a visit to Turkey's melting-pot capital a trip like no other.
From the rooftop of our hotel we have a great view of Hagia Sophia, which was constructed in the 6th century as Christian Church (later a Mosque) and now a museum. Not pictured, Eric and I sipping on bubbly while admiring the architecture. 😉. #constantinople#istanbul#hagiasophia
Magical feeling of the interior of Hagia Sophia! So much history in one place 🙏
I remember at school studying about Hagia Sophia, seeing mind-blowing photos of that building I dreamed to see it in real. And finally, two and a half years ago I had a luck to visit great Istanbul city. But only free time i had was like couple of hours before flight at morning. I couldn't loose that chance, I could run around to see everything or just miss the opportunity. Of course i preferred to run crazy with almost getting late for flight, but I could make my dream come true! I walked inside, with heart beating fast, checked carefully every single corner, stone, piece of paint in there. It surely is one of the most amazing buildings in architecture history. Just one quite disappointing thing: renovation constrictions taking almost half of a spece of the interior! And I was like: how could you do this to me, how can you hide it from me like this?! 😭😅 Anyway, some time ago I had a chance to visit that place again. Nothing changed 😅💛
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