The scaffolding has finally been put away and now we can view the beautiful angel in the Hagia Sophia in its entirety. If you click on the link below, you will see the NYTimes article with a gorgeous photo of the whole angel. We think the image is enormously powerful and inspiring.
We first blogged about this in July 2009 when the “Angel Saraphin” was revealed as an ornamental medallion was removed during a restoration project. The metal plates were added in 1869 in keeping with Islamic law prohibiting praying before human images.
The AP video below is from 2009. For our Facebook Fans — to see the video, copy and paste http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCBqw36IAUQ into your browser.
Here is still more video distributed by Turkish authorities. While there is no translation, it is fascinating to see the blocking and tackling of restoration up close. Please keep your hands inside the elevator.
Enjoy — Nancie