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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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Ayasophya - September 2006
Ayasophya - September 2006
Christian Mosaics of the Hagia Sophia
Christian Mosaics of the Hagia Sophia
Beautiful mihrab of the Ayasophya from when the church was converted to a mosque
Beautiful mihrab of the Ayasophya from when the church was converted to a mosque
Mosaic - Emperor Alexandros (912-931 AD)
Mosaic - Emperor Alexandros (912-931 AD)
This must be one of the most amazing mosaics of Christ in the world
This must be one of the most amazing mosaics of Christ in the world
The Ayasofya is now neither church nor mosque - it was opened as a museum by the fiercely secular Kamal Atatürk
The Ayasofya is now neither church nor mosque - it was opened as a museum by the fiercely secular Kamal Atatürk
Ayasofya mosaics
Ayasofya mosaics
Mosaics of the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Mosaics of the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
The Blue Mosque from a window of the Hagia Sophia
The Blue Mosque from a window of the Hagia Sophia
The Blue Mosque seen across the park from the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
The Blue Mosque seen across the park from the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Market against the ancient walls of the Hagia Sophia
Market against the ancient walls of the Hagia Sophia
The Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque in 1453 following the fall of Constantinople
The Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque in 1453 following the fall of Constantinople
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