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Litany Lane: Thursday, September 13, 2012 - Litany Lane Blog: Reciprocate, Psalms 139, Luke 6:27-38, St John Chrysostom, Constantinople
Cristoforo Buondelmonti's 1422 map of Constantinople. In addition to accurately showing the major landmarks, such as the Hagia Sophia and the complex system of double walls and defensive chains, the map illustrates how depopulated the beleagured city had become, with large spaces between buildings being given over to farming. The city has about 50,000 inhabitants when it fell to the Ottomans in 1453, in comparison with 400,000 in the eleventh century.
2 years ago, my mother fell madly in love with this place. I hope one day she will revisit and show me around.