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The Imperial Gate (center) leads into the central nave. The walls in this vestibule are lined with inch-think, book-matched marble panels. The ceiling above displays original, 6th-century mosaics. Since these designs are geometric, they were left intact by Christian Iconoclasts (8th Century) and Ottomans (15th Century), both of whom believed representations of people in a church or mosque were idolatrous.

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