We often think of the only what we can see as a part of the landscape, but often forget that the cultural landscape can be a full sensory experience.  The architecture of the Hagia Sophia is recognized as a iconic landmark, but the acoustics of the building are a major part of the creating the experience of being in that place.  Once a cathedral, then a mosque, and now a museum, this building is one of the classic examples of sequent occupance. This NPR podcast shows how some have recreated the soundscapes of the Hagia Sophia, back when is was the preeminent medieval Christian place of worship.  This YouTube playlist has the Capella Romana’s album, The Lost Voices of the Hagia Sophia.

Tags: landscape, music, Christianity, architecture, Middle East, Turkey.