1. Runic inscription in Hagia Sophia
Found in 1964 on a parapet on the top floor of the southern gallery. 
The inscription is so worn down that only -alftan, which is the Norse name Halfdan, is legible. The remainder of the inscription is considered to be illegible, but it is possible that it was “Halfdan carved these runes” or “Halfdan was here”.
The inscription is one of the few physical traces of the Varangian Guard (an elite unit conformed mainly by Vikings that serverd as personal bodyguards of the Byzantine Emperors) in the Byzantine capital.

    Runic inscription in Hagia Sophia

    Found in 1964 on a parapet on the top floor of the southern gallery. 

    The inscription is so worn down that only -alftan, which is the Norse name Halfdan, is legible. The remainder of the inscription is considered to be illegible, but it is possible that it was “Halfdan carved these runes” or “Halfdan was here”.

    The inscription is one of the few physical traces of the Varangian Guard (an elite unit conformed mainly by Vikings that serverd as personal bodyguards of the Byzantine Emperors) in the Byzantine capital.

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