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Hagia Sofia : Constantinople's Glorious Sixth Century Church of Holy Wisdom Helen Rufus-Ward Thursday 26 March 2020

Built in the sixth century by Byzantine emperor Justinian l in the heart of the empire's capital, Constantinople (modern day Istanbul), no expense was spared for its interior decoration. Helen Rufus-Ward will examine the church's worled famous mosaics, which offer an insight into the secret world of powerful emperors and empresses.


Helen Rufus-Ward is an Art Historian with a BA, MA and a doctorate (DPhil) from the University of Sussex who has publised on Late Antique and Byzantine ivory carvings and 19th century plaster cast collecting. Since 2007 she has worked at Sussex as an associate tutor delivering regular lectures. An experienced speaker who has delivered lectures at many universities and art institutions, such as the Wallace Collection and the Society of Antiquaries of London.