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Fossati, Gaspare

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Fossati, Gaspare

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  • Gaspare Fossati
  • Fossati, Gaspard

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"Brothers Gaspare (1809-1883) and Guiseppe (1822-1891) Fossati, were born in Switzerland and trained as architects in Italy. In 1833 Gaspare moved to St. Petersburg, and in 1836 he became the official court architect. In 1837 he moved to Istanbul to plan the new Russian embassy; he stayed to work on other projects including restoration work and original architecture, often collaborating with Giuseppe.

In 1847 Sultan Abdülmecid (1823-1861) commissioned the Fossati brothers to restore Hagia Sophia, a project which included removing the plaster covering the Byzantine mosaics. Approximately 800 workers were employed for about 2 years; they repaired cracks, strengthened foundations, renovated mosaics, and renovated the mihrab and the minbar.

In 1849 the restored building was revealed. The brothers continued their career as architects in Istanbul, finally returning to Switzerland in 1858." (https://doconversations.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/fossati/)


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US LCNAF n 90715937

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ISAAR (CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families



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This record was created by Beth Bayley on April 16, 2014.


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