This is a mosaic in the
southwestern entrance of Hagia Sophia, the great cathedral built by Emperor
Justinian in Constantinople, now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. The
virgin Mary sits with child Jesus in the center. To their left is the
Emperor Constantine presenting a model of the city to them. To their
right is the Emperor Justinian presenting a model of the Hagia Sophia.
This symbolizes how temporal power bowed to Jesus, influencing law, cities,
architecture, and art. Photo credit: Unknown, Public Domain.
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