Posted by Vi Warkentin on
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.Other runic inscriptions as seen on the parapets in the southern upper galleries.