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Was Hagia Sophia built over a pagan temple?

Going beyond E.B. or Wikipedia: The official website of the Hagia Sophia Museum (at its former domain, link now dead) stated The first church [at the H.S. site] was constructed by Emperor Konstantios ...
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Tombstone-covered floor in Churches

Yes, this was perfectly common. It was seen as a privilege to be buried inside the church (the closer to the altar, the better). These are not cenotaphs, these are actual tombs, with people slowly ...
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What does it mean to grant a church to a priory?

The quick answer (If there is one) is that Simon didn't control those churches(which were essentially the homes/estates of secular canons), he just set aside and funded the construction of the new ...
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Where in a city would a cathedral be built?

To understand where a cathedral might be placed, it is important to understand the function and history of cathedrals. Note that the history is likely to depend on many different factors, and be ...
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Was Henry II's ". . . turbulent priest. . . " quote accurate?

The Wikipedia page on Thomas Becket contains this excerpt: Upon hearing reports of Becket's actions, Henry is said to have uttered words that were interpreted by his men as wishing Becket killed.[9]...
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What media did Irenaeus used to write his letters?

First, note that Eusebius doesn't tell us what material Irenæus used, but what material he himself didn't use. Today I could make the same poetic distinction, albeit a somewhat lamer version: He sent ...
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What is the name of a particular architectural structure from a Gothic Church?

According to "Die Wehrkirchen in Siebenbürgen" by George Oprescu, these are arrow slits ("Schießscharten"). This is a feature that is rare for churches outside of Transsylvania, ...
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What clergy went on the second Bering expedition?

Peter Laurisden mentions "seven priests" among the first detachment that left with Bering from St. Petersberg in 1733. On the same page he also describes a "list of names of those engaged", but I am ...
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Do any churches continue to display length measures?

Yes. These ell standards on churches were installed to prevent trade disputes, especially with tailors. The churches whose ells are pictured here are the St. Walpurgis-Kirche in Apfelstädt and ...
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Was the interior of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople ever covered with mosaic icons?

It was a very richly decorated building. I would say: it still is. Architectural simulations of the kind depicted in the question are obviously far from complete. But the complete lack of images, ...
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How much knowledge of the past was destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries?

It is difficult to say exactly how much was lost. We have some sources that enable us to say what manuscripts were held by some monasteries, for example the library at Peterborough, or that at Syon ...
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What clergy went on the second Bering expedition?

Here's a link to an article in Russian that explores the question of which priests were attached to Bering's expedition. According to it, one of the priests was a Lutheran pastor (excuse me if I get ...
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Could a nobleman / lord join the clergy in the middle ages?

In the church of Rome there was no contradiction between being both a member of the church and being titled. In fact, some entire states were ruled by priests. For example, the Archbishopric of ...
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Was there a church around 1800 in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky?

According to I. V. Viter, in 1767 the town population couldn't support the church, so it was moved to nearby Paratunka. According to Svetlana G. Federova and her coauthor Yakov M. Svet, Captain ...
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What is the origin of how people are arranged in Mass/Worship Service?

The arrangement of modern Christian gatherings is the result of the development of early church architecture. In the early days, up to the fourth century, Christians worshipped along with Jews in ...
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Tombstone-covered floor in Churches

Not only was this common, it was hard to change. In my country (Portugal) there was even a popular uprising in 1846 caused by, among other things, the prohibition on burials inside churches.
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How did the Church of England view the local legend and festivities surrounding Gog and Magog?

I would've still expected the Church (at least in the 16th century) to view these with contempt, issue an edict against it, or ban it altogether. The Church of England does not seem to have ever ...
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What is or was a Bond Major?

Definitely not "band major", Trelawny was local gentry and politically well-connected at a national level (hence governorship of Jamaica); that would have been far beneath his dignity. I ...
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Representative early Anglican hymns?

You are out of luck for all but the very end of the period you describe. Congregational hymn singing was strongly frowned upon in the Anglican Church until popularized by Isaac Watts (1674-1748) in ...
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Were there in the USSR monasteries decorated with Soviet orders?

No, they were not. Church was an "opium for the folk" so church institutions could not deserve to be decorated with respected symbols of communism. This Marx phrase was the official view. Soviet ...
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How was Galileo's approach to mathematics different than Descartes's approach?

You have the difference in the last bullet points of your two lists. Galileo was an experimental scientist, engineer first - math for him was the most comfortable tool to describe the nature's ...
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How controversial were "updates" of churches in the past?

The cathedral in Cologne was extensively damages during WW2 and I suspect many churches in Germany, and indeed throughout Europe, had to rebuilt as well. Might be worth a look at the debates that ...
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Did the Catholic Church have a police force in the medieval period?

No, the Catholic Church did not have a Police force around 500 AD to arrest a British King. Some of the reasons why this was not so: Police, as it is known today, started to form during the 17th ...
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What did the administrators of secularized California missions do?

The mission comisionados and mayordomos were appointed by the Monterey junta and by governors, principally Figueroa and Alvarado, or by the mission inspector Hartnell. According to Carlos Salomon in "...
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Could a nobleman / lord join the clergy in the middle ages?

At some points in some areas it was common for the second son to join the Church The first would inherit the father's land, possessions, title etc. in full, to avoid the problem created by ...
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Why did some people need to pay a bond in the 1700s in order to get married?

One point that I don't think is clear from the other answers is that your ancestor did not pay a bond of £200. The £200 was not paid unless the terms of the bond were breached. Practically speaking, ...
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Who was Krusenstern's scandalous priest?

The church in nearby Paratunka continued to serve the area as the new Petropavlovsk church was under construction for a long time. Fedorova described it as "being built" in 1779; it was consecrated in ...
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Tombstone-covered floor in Churches

This is not a proper answer but it comments on various aspects (including "the why"), brings some anecdotes, and it is too long for a comment. in English, there is even the word 'churchyard'. it ...
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