Pilgrims who visited the Holy Land between the IV and VII century

Illustrations 4: From Constantinople to Tarsus (10-12)



Aerial view of Istanbul showing the Blue Mosque, in the foreground and Haghia Sophia in the background. Emperor Constantine established his new capital here, changing the old name of the city, Byzantium, to Nova Roma or Constantinopolis in the year 330 AD.

10. Aerial view of Istambul

11. Theodosius' obelisk  


Pedestal of the obelisk of Emperor Theodosius (379-395 AD) in the centre of the hippodrome of Constantinople. The scene sculptured in bas-relief presents the emperor with his dignitaries, seated in higher places than the common people, all waiting for the start of a horse race. This kind of entertainment was still very popular in 4th century.



Marble bust of the Greek philosopher and thaumaturgist Apollonius of Thyana (1st century AD) preserved in the Museo Nazionale of Naples. The great fame he enjoyed in antiquity, among pagans as well as Christians, came from the many miracles he performed, which were similar to those of Jesus. Flavius Philostratus wrote his biography in the 3rd century AD upon orders from Julia Domna the wife of Emperor Septimius Severus.

12. Apollonius of Thiana

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