|Classical cornices all around; some say the last of the great antique buildings|
|Close-up of an upper level
capital: Notice the deeply undercut center monogram of Justinian
This style is unique to Hagia Sophia, acanthus motif, but arranged into recognizable leaves,
more pleasing than Sergius and Bacchus, a few years earlier.
a flat suggestion of a pilaster at the end of the arcade, but it looks
like an afterthought by the decorators, not planned by the architects.
At the top of the wall revetments, there is no stone cornice, just a flat
piece with small details like a cornice. A few decades earlier, it would
have stuck out, like what is seen on the photo to the right. >
|First level entablature with acanthus brackets|
|Cast of the cornice and
frieze from the Temple of Vespasian, c. 90 A.D. Rome:
Notice the similarities in the Hagia Sophia carvings (René Seindal)