Dating to around 1261, the Deësis mosaic is located in the imperial closure of the upper galleries of Hagia Sophia. In this panel the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist (Ioannes Prodromos), both shown in three-quarters profile, are imploring the intercession of Christ Pantocrator for humanity on Judgment Day. Originally built in 537, it has served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral, a Roman Catholic cathedral, a mosque, and now a museum. Also known as Ayasofya or Aya Sofia, it is one of Istanbul's primary landmarks.

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Dating to around 1261, the Deësis mosaic is located in the imperial closure of the upper galleries of Hagia Sophia. Stock Photo
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Dating to around 1261, the Deësis mosaic is located in the imperial closure of the upper galleries of Hagia Sophia. In this panel the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist (Ioannes Prodromos), both shown in three-quarters profile, are imploring the intercession of Christ Pantocrator for humanity on Judgment Day. Originally built in 537, it has served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral, a Roman Catholic cathedral, a mosque, and now a museum. Also known as Ayasofya or Aya Sofia, it is one of Istanbul's primary landmarks.
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Dating to around 1261, the Deësis mosaic is located in the imperial closure of the upper galleries of Hagia Sophia. In this panel the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist (Ioannes Prodromos), both shown in three-quarters profile, are imploring the intercession of Christ Pantocrator for humanity on Judgment Day. Originally built in 537, it has served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral, a Roman Catholic cathedral, a mosque, and now a museum. Also known as Ayasofya or Aya Sofia, it is one of Istanbul's primary landmarks.
Location: Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey