Hagia Sophia - Viking Graffiti

Hagia Sophia - there’s more than just mosaics and paintings in the Hagia Sophia.

There’s graffiti as well! The first of several graffiti markings carved into a parapet on the top floor of the southern gallery were discovered in 1964. Not particularly well preserved, only a portion can be deciphered - as graffiti possibly from the VIking Age (the 9th century).A sign posted by this graffiti says: The Viking’s graffitties are illegible except for the name …HALVDAN … it dates 9th century.Graffiti_Hagia Sophia_IMG_4968.jpgOther runic inscriptions as seen on the parapets in the southern upper galleries.Graffiti_Hagia Sophia_IMG_4978.jpg

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Welcome to my travel photo blog. Photography has been a part of my life for a long time – back in the day the Pentax Super Program was always near at hand. But it wasn’t until I started travelling around the world that photography became a vehicle for me to show others about the absolutely amazing and complex world we live in. My hope is to share with you glimpses of what I’ve seen. Enjoy!