The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 69 (1991) > Issues > Issue 18 > Discussion on Hagia Sophia: Justinian's Church of Divine Wisdom, Later the Mosque of Ayasofya, in Is
Name of File 5461-69-18.pdf cached at 13/12/2017 08:59:26 - with 4 pages. pdfPath: E:\k9.istructe.org\CMS\webtest\files\8f\8f5734c9-985c-41ac-be9b-82f7800a1fb7.pdf. thumbPath: E:\k9.istructe.org\CMS\webtest\files\pdfthumbs\8f5734c9-985c-41ac-be9b-82f7800a1fb7_1.png. objDoc: 1 - True. objPreview.Log: . strFileName: 8f5734c9-985c-41ac-be9b-82f7800a1fb7_1.png

Members/subscribers must be logged in to view this article

Discussion on Hagia Sophia: Justinian's Church of Divine Wisdom, Later the Mosque of Ayasofya, in Istanbul by Dr. R.J. Mainstone

Professor J. Wilton-Ely It is appropriate that Dr. Mainstone ended his presentation with a slide of a model (the model of the church that Justinian is shown offering to the Virgin in the mosaic over the south entrance to the narthex). I have done a good deal of research on the history of architectural models. It would be interesting to know more about how documented models were used in antiquity and in the early Middle Ages. Although there appears to be no documentation in the case of Hagia Sophia, they must surely have been using structural models to calculate some of the problems involved in the way that Brunelleschi had to cope with unprecedented spans by the use of models in the design of his Florentine dome.