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Hagia Sophia rediscovered, with Bissera Pentcheva

A conversation with Bissera Pentcheva about the sensory and spiritual experience of Hagia Sophia, where architecture, sound, and light met theology and prayer, based on her book Hagia Sophia: Sound, Space, and Spirit in Byzantium.

Bissera V. Pentcheva is Professor of Art History at Stanford University, where she focuses on the role of acoustics, art, and music in Byzantine architecture. Her book is Hagia Sophia: Sound, Space, and Spirit in Byzantium, which is published by Pennsylvania State University Press.


Click here to view Bissera Pentcheva’s web page at the University of Stanford.

Bissera also created the video The Voice of Hagia Sophia – you can watch a preview below:

To watch the entire video, please go to and use the password HS2018

Byzantium & Friends is hosted by Anthony Kaldellis, Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics at The Ohio State University. You can follow him on his personal website.

You can listen to more episodes of Byzantium & Friends through Podbean.

Top Image: Photo by fusion-of-horizons / Flickr


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