FOUR FIFTEENTH-CENTURY TRAVELLERS TO CONSTANTINOPLE
LOOK AT THE STATUE OF JUSTINIAN
Drawing erroneously attributed to Cyriaco of Ancona.
Ruy Gonzalez de Clavijo.
Embassy to Tamerlane, 1403-1406. Ed. & trans. Guy Le Strange. London. 1928. Page 72.
Pero Tafur: Travels and Adventures, 1435-1439. Ed. E. Denison Ross & E. Power. London. 1926. Chapter XVII.
Giovan Maria Angiolello
Relations (of the voyage to Negropont). Ed. & trans. P. A. MacKay. Manuscript. ff. 13v-14r.
Walking Through Byzantium. Istanbul. 2007. Page 97. For a reconstruction: Column of Justinian
"...the column of Justinian ... was built of bricks and covered with brazen plates. On top of the
column, at a height of about 50m., the equestrian statue of the emperor was places (probably
re-used statue of Theodosius I or Theodosius II). This monument was almost as high as the top of
the dome of Hagia Sophia and was also a prominent point in the cityscape, visible from a considerable
distance both from the city and the sea. Justinian's column and statue survived the Turkish conquest
and it is even depicted in detail in one renaissance drawing. The statue was melted down in the early
sixteenth century and the column demolished soon after."