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You will find the main entrance into the Hagia Sophia in the middle of the eastern side of the courtyard. Once you enter the building, cross the outer narthex and go into the inner narthex to the central Imperial Entrance, over which you'll see the mosaic of Christ Pantocrator.
The mosaic presents the connection between the church and the empire and the church as the seat of imperial ritual.The Imperial Gate was the main entrance between the exo- and esonarthex. It was reserved only for the emperor.
The mosaic tops the imperial entrance to the Hagia Sophia's interior. Christ is holding a book with the inscription "Peace be with you. I am the Light of the World."
Christ is surrounded by roundels portraying the Virgin Mary and the angel Gabriel.
At Christ's feet is a bearded emperor, who is believed to represent Leo VI asking for forgiveness for his four marriages. The mosaic dates to between 886 and 912 AD, which is the reign of Leo.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Istanbul on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 0' 31.09" N 28° 58' 47.08" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Christ with Leo .
Address: Ayasofya Meydani, Sultanahmet
Directions: You may watch my high resolution photo of Istanbul on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 0' 31.36" N 28° 58' 46.44" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Imperial Gate .
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