Found project: SS Sergius and Bacchus


    Project : SS Sergius and Bacchus

    Architect : Justinian I (commissioner)

    Completion: 536

    Locality : Istanbul

    Country : Turkey

    Building style : Byzantine

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    Description :

    “The earliest of the three surviving Justinianic churches of Constantinople was built inside the sea walls of the Marmara just west of the Great Palace. It is an easy 250m walk from the south end of the hippodrome, dropping downhill from the SE corner. As the sphendone curves sharply to the right, we turn left, and then right at the main road, Küçük Aya Sofya Cad. After about 100m a short, narrow road leads left and through a gateway, bringing us into the courtyard of the church of SS Sergius and Bacchus, now known as Küçük Aya Sofya Camii, little Aya Sofya mosque…
    It is a charming untidy courtyard in which the Turkish families who live there indulge in minor agriculture around the ablution fountain. There are usually children playing there, and if the mosque is locked one of them inevitably runs off unbidden to find an adult with the key.
    The church owes its origins to two obscure 3rd C. Christian soldiers, martyred in one of the persecutions of Maximian, Diocletian’s co-Emperor. As a warrior – Emperor Justinian might be expected to have been particularly devoted to St Sergius and St Bacchus as they were the patron saints of the army; but in addition they have saved his life at a time when he was under sentence of death, accused of plotting against the Emperor Anastasius; the two saints appeared to Anastasius in a dream and interceded on his behalf. When he became Emperor himself in 527 Justinian lost no time repaying the debt by building this church in the same year.”

    Jane Taylor, Imperial Istanbul (Iznik – Bursa – Edirne), Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1989, pp. 43-44

    Ed. Adzhoa Makkonen



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