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Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia)

The Church of Divine Wisdom, built by Emperor Justinian 527-565 AD.
In 1453, Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror had the Aya Sofya converted to a mosque.
In 1935, Atatürk secularized the monument opening it as a museum.
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Aya Sofya
Aya Sofya
Floorplan of the Aya Sofya
Floorplan of the Aya Sofya
Entrance to the Aya Sofya Museum
Entrance to the Aya Sofya Museum
Aya Sofya (Hagia Sofia) under clear blue skies
Aya Sofya (Hagia Sofia) under clear blue skies
Minaret, Aya Sofya
Minaret, Aya Sofya
Four minarets were added during Sultan Mehmet's conversion from church to mosque
Four minarets were added during Sultan Mehmet's conversion from church to mosque
Aya Sofya minaret and tulips
Aya Sofya minaret and tulips
Aya Sofya minaret and tulip
Aya Sofya minaret and tulip
Shops built into the outer walls of the Aya Sofya along Babihümayun Cad
Shops built into the outer walls of the Aya Sofya along Babihümayun Cad
Shops outside the Aya Sofya
Shops outside the Aya Sofya
Domes of outlying buildings of the Aya Sofya complex
Domes of outlying buildings of the Aya Sofya complex
Minor dome, Aya Sofya
Minor dome, Aya Sofya
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