Photographer's Note

"The mosaic decoration in the apse is arguably the most noteworthy feature of Hagia Eirene as it is a rare example of Iconoclastic art. Proponents of Iconoclasm, including Constantine V, rejected the use of figural imagery in religious art, substituting figures with symbols. Instead of the depictions of the Theotokos and Christ Child or Christ Pantokrator, as would become a dominant form of Byzantine church decoration, Constantine V commissioned a non-figural decorative program that focused on veneration of the True Cross. The mosaic cross in the apse consists of a stark black cross with flared ends on a golden mosaic background. It stands on three-stepped platform next to bans of greenish mosaics. The apse is framed mosaics with geometric patterns and foliage. There are also two mosaic inscriptions in the triumphal arch (from the Psalms and Amos) that were significantly altered (with the use of paint) during a restoration." (from The Byzantine Legacy)

Exif Data:
Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Software: Adobe Photoshop 22.5 (Macintosh)
Exposure Time: 1/15
F-Stop: f/4.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 800
Focal Length: 6079/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2021-05-26 09:11
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
File Size: 1484 kb
GPS: 41.009541664072394, 28.98133292934721

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