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Istanbul Archaeological Museum 1110

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The side of a porphyry sarcophagus. I identified one as that of Julian the Apostate, the others are 99% sure of emperors, crosses will indicate they were Christian.

The best specimens of porphyry sarcophagi I saw in the Vatican Museum, but that is in another country.

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hereford boy 06-Apr-2009 17:30
This is one of the sarcophagi of the byzantine emporers. They were originally kept in the church of the holy apostles which stood on the site of the present Fatih camii. When the church of the apostles was demolished they were transferred to Haghia Eirene, and then to their present location at the museum