Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

The Hagia Sophia is a former Byzantine church, later a mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. It is one of the largest and most important churches in Christendom and was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years. The Hagia Sophia is an important symbol of Byzantine architecture.

The Hagia Sophia was built in 537 by Emperor Justinian I. The church was dedicated to the Holy Wisdom of God and served as the cathedral of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. It was the largest church in the world for nearly a thousand years, until the completion of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in 1250.

The Hagia Sophia was damaged by earthquakes in the 8th and 9th centuries. It was repaired and renovated by Emperor Basil I in 885. The Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque in 1453, after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople. It remained a mosque until 1931 when it was converted into a museum.

The Hagia Sophia is an important symbol of Byzantine architecture. It is one of the largest and most important churches in Christendom and was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years.

The Hagia Sophia museum is open every day as it serve as a mosque today.

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