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Orthodoxia And Photographic Art

"In this highly inspiring article, Dimitri Vasileiou shares his thoughts on Christian Orthodox religion and its influence to art and downright  photography. The article is escorted by some very artistic and highly inspiring images captured in Greece"

How really has Orthodoxy influenced certain cultures, architecture and traditions? Let’s start with the magnificent “monument” of Agia Sophia. This is a great architectural beauty and an important monument both of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum in the Turkish Republic, Agia Sophia has always been a precious building of its time. The mystical city of Istanbul hosted many civilizations for centuries, of which both the Byzantium and Ottoman Empires are the most famous.

Rebuilt by the orders of Emperor Justinian in 537, for 900 years Agia Sophia was the centre of Orthodox Christianity until 1453, when the city was conquered by the Ottoman people. Following its conquest by Muslims 500 years later, it became a jewel for the Muslim world and the grand mosque of the sultans.

Justinian’s Agia Sophia is the one that stands today. It is architecturally intellectual and is the first masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. It was the largest cathedral in the world for 1000 years until the cathedral in Seville was built.

Istanbul today carries the characteristics of these two different cultures and Agia Sophia surely is a perfect synthesis where one can observe both Ottoman and Byzantium effects under one great dome. The design and style of the interior and exterior itself is a supreme architectural marvel.

Why all this need for architectural grandeur though? Was there a need to impress other religions or was it the idea that God is grand and so should be his temples? Either way, I am glad this...

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 11 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Dimitri Vasileiou is a highly acclaimed landscape photographer, writer and photographic workshop leader. A professional photographer for several years, he was born in Greece and currently resides in Scotland.

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