Trabzon's Hagia Sophia Church to be restored
The Hagia Sophia Church, located in Turkey's northeastern province of Trabzon (Greek Trapezounda), will undergo a new restoration project worth about 2 million Turkish liras.
|The Hagia Sopia Church in Trabzon, Turkey [Credit: İhsan Deniz Kılıçoğlu/WikiCommons]|
The Hagia Sophia Church, which is regarded as one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture, served a museum for 52 years before it was reopened as a mosque in 2013.
A mihrab, a minbar and carpets were added to the church without damaging the historical structure, while all the frescoes were covered with curtains to create room for prayers.
|Inner view of the dome of Hagia Sophia, Trabzon [Credit: Alaexis/WikiCommons]|
The planned restoration project will be launched within this year and mainly focus on removing the screening system used to cover the building's frescoes.
Explaining the new project, Çalık said that the southern part of the building, where no frescoes are pictured, will be opened to worship all the time, whereas the dome and the walls with frescoes in the northern part will be covered with a special transparent screening system. This new system will cover the paintings with an electrical film activated only by a button whenever needed during prayers, turning the transparent glass opaque.
|Frescoes of Hagia Sophia, Trabzon [Credit: Alaexis/WikiCommons]|
The former Hagia Sophia church is an important example of late Byzantine architecture, characterized by a high central dome and four large column arches supporting the weight of the dome and the ceiling.
Source: Daily Sabah [January 24, 2017]