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Architectural Constantinople

Capital from the Hagia Sophia by Van MillingenCapital from the Hagia Sophia by Van MillingenAtrium of Hagia Sophia by Van MillingenAtrium of Hagia Sophia by Van MillingenArchitectural sketches by Alexander Van Millingen, Professor of History at Robert College Constantinople.

'Cistern of Arcadius' by Van Millingen'Cistern of Arcadius' by Van MillingenVan Millingen was keenly interested in the archaeological and architectural history of Constantinople, or Byzantium.

He made many drawings to record architectural features of buildings which were falling into ruin, including these from November 1873 of the Atrium of Hagia Sophia, “since destroyed”, and a view he labelled the 'Cistern of Arcadius'.

Such drawings provide valuable information for modern scholars who can no longer study the original buildings.

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