Middle Ages
Anthemius' Floating Byzantine Dome

Anthemius' Floating Byzantine Dome
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     challenging words:    time, artistic, basilica, emperor, math, dome, museum, heaven, marble, large, church, building, different, build, beautiful, between
     content words:    Hagia Sophia, Divine Wisdom, Taj Mahal

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Anthemius' Floating Byzantine Dome
By Colleen Messina

1     A long time ago a man named Anthemius had a big job. The Byzantine emperor Justinian I wanted him to build a beautiful church.
2     Anthemius had a great idea. He built a large dome. He built it so that it had no columns inside. This made the dome seem like it was floating in the air! No one had ever built a church like it before. The base of the building was in the shape of a cross. The building was called the Hagia Sophia. Those words meant Divine Wisdom. It was built between 532 and 537 A.D.

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