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This is my vision of the Great city of Constantinopolis  in the end of 6th century, capitol of the Byzantine empire.  It was biggest and richest city in the world, and its still impressive to visit.  This picture was done for the new game Attila total war, and I spend maybe too much time on it.
Any comments welcomed.
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Rome never fall, it just changed place :)

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    An aged man is but a paltry thing,
    A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
    Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
    For every tatter in its mortal dress,
    Nor is there singing school but studying
    Monuments of its own magnificence;
    And therefore I have sailed the seas and come
    To the holy city of Byzantium.

William Butler Yeats - Sailing to Byzantium

The picture instantly reminded me of the poem. Impressive work.
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Absolutely astounding envisionment of the great city of Constantinople...shockingly well done.
bluegiraffe93's avatar
Fantastic, you have a an ancient master in you...
Lytayvea's avatar
I always try to picture Hagia Sophia without minarets, you have captured it so beautifully. 
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There is a Reason that Constantinople was the Jerusalem of Europe. A shame that it too fell to the Ottoman hordes

1. The shield of Europa/Europe of its time.

2. The New York city of its era.

3. The worthy successor city of ancient Rome

4. The medieval Roman Empire that no one really talked about, nor liked back then = until now in the 21st century with its increasing popularity.

5. And the largest + most beautiful city of both the late ancient and medieval worlds.

Plus it was Venice of the 4th crusade that ravaged it first centuries before the Ottoman Turks and crippled it beyond recovery there afterwards.

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how much time you spent for just one piece, sir?
RadoJavor's avatar
bout a week work. 
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This is beautiful. 
Amazing. Thank you!
Love the detail.  I've visited many times.  You capture it perfectly.  If this were a print, I'd totally buy one!
DCJBeers's avatar
Very well done!
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Beautiful Hagia Sofia one of the most beautiful Churches ever built. It is a shame what happened to it.
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I think so too, this image really brings it to life in it's true richness. 
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You are right, makes you wish you could go back in time and walk the streets of that ancient city when they were new. 
Absolutely stunning...
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A great view of The City from the Bosporus.  (Or is it from the Harbor of Hormisdas?)  This is the first illustration I've yet seen of the Hagia Sofia without the minarets - very appropriate for the late 500's.  My compliments.
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its a view from golden horn
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