Haettu kohde: Hagia Eirene

    Kohde : Hagia Eirene

    Kohteen kielivariantti : Aya İrini

    Arkkitehti : Constantine I

    Valm.vuosi : 4th c. (alkuper. rak.)

    Paikkakunta : Istanbul

    Maa : Turkey

    Rakennustyyli : Bysanttilainen tyyli

    Kohde kartalla (vihreä nuoli)

    Kuvaus :

    “On the way back I passed through the Gulhane Gardens surrounding the Topkapi Palace. As I passed I was surprised to see that the basilica of Haghia Eirene appeared to be open. This was unexpected because, for some reason best known to the Turkish authorities, this magnificent building, one of the very greatest Byzantine churches surviving in the city, is normally kept resolutely locked. This time, however, the door was opened and a couple of sophisticated-looking Turkish women were sitting chatting in the porch.
    I thought I would take the opportunity to have a look at the church, but as I wandered past the women one of them called out: ‘I’m sorry, you can’t go in there. It’s closed’
    ‘It looks open.’
    ‘I’m afraid you need a special pass to go in. For security reasons.’
    ‘What do you mean?’
    ‘There are VIPs inside.’
    ‘No. Models.’
    ‘Today they are having a beauty contest.’
    ‘In a church?’
    ‘Why not? All Turkey’s top models are there. They are currently changing into Rifat Ozbek bikinis.’”

    William Dalrymple, From the Holy Mountain: A Journey Among the Christians of the Middle East, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1998, p. 43.

    Ed. Adzhoa Makkonen

    Kuvat 1-2 yht. 2
    Hagia Eirene
    Hagia Eirene
    Kuva © Heikki Hanka

    Hagia Eirene
    Hagia Eirene
    Kuva © Heikki Hanka