Byzantine hymns in churches of Constantinople

"The sound from the churches of Constantinople" is an experiment in acoustic archaeology made for an exhibition on Byzantium in Rundetaarn, Denmark by Dr. Jens Holger Rindel from Odeon and Dr. Christian Troelsgaards, associate professor at University of Copenhagen and researcher in Byzantine studies. Two hymns are presented in the experiment played in the modelled acoustic environment of three different Byzantine churches earlier modelled in the CAHRISMA-project.

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About the chants.

Ἡ ἐκκλησία τῶν ἁγίων Σεργίου καὶ Βάκχου

"The Holy Sergios' and Bacchos' Church"

Sergios' and Bacchos' was build on initiative of the emperor in 527-536. It is also called the little Hagia Sophia and was build at the same time. After the fall of Constantinople (1453) the church has been used as mosque.

The Dome is constructed by 16 vault caps meeting in the centre approx 20 meter above the floor. Volume = 15000 m3, RT(1kHz)= 3 seconds. The 3D-model contains 2490 surfaces.

Ἡ ἐκκλησία τῆς ἁγίας Εἰρήνης

Hagia Irene-Church

The second largest church in Constantinople was dedicated to “Christ, the divine peace” (Irene means peace). After the fall of Constantinople (1453) the church has been used as armory and is now museum.

The Dome is approx 15 m in diameter and 35m above the floor. V= 39000m3, RT(1kHz)= 4.3 seconds. In the apsis a circular stair arrangement has been preserved originally meant for the clergy and the patriarch.

Τὸ ἱερὸν τῆς Σοφίας or Ἡ Μεγάλη Ἐκκλησία

"Hagia Sophia-Cathedral" or "The Great Church"

The largest church in Constantinople was dedicated to “Christ, the divine wisdom”. After the so-called "Nika-revolt" in 532 AD many of the city's ancient churches burned down and already in 537 AD it was rebuild by emperor Justinian.

The Dome is approx 31 m in diameter and 55 m above the floor. V= 255000m3, RT(1kHz)= 10 seconds in the empty church. After the fall of Constantinople (1453) the church has been used as mosque and is now museum.

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