Ask that question around MK and you'll get only one answer: Justinian's monument of color and light, Hagia Sophia. The summation of a thousand years of ancient Mediterranean architecture that pointed forward to a thousand years (and more) of grand structures, from Byzantine churches and Islamic mosques to St. Peter's and even Louis Kahn's National Capital in Dacca, Bangladesh. We will not accept any argument on this point, people. So it saddens us to learn, via Cronaca, that fragments of the (later 9th century) mosaics from Hagia Sophia are improperly cared for and in danger:
Professor Semavi Eyice says that the scandal is a national shame for Turkey. The monument has been called the "Eighth Wonder of the World", but pieces of its mosaics are being treated like rubbish, and Eyice has called on officials to take action. Professor Said Basaran, Chair of Istanbul University's Cultural Heritage Conservation and Restoration Department has said that the abandoned pieces are as valuable as the ones decorating the dome and that the mosaics should be transferred to a secure place.
Absolutely. Makes me very curious to hear what else is going on under the restoration. Hagia Sophia is a notoriously unstable building; I hope (and expect) more care is being taken for the structure itself than these essential parts of its decorative program have received.