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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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The dome of the Hagia Sophia was rebuilt in 562 AD following numerous earthquakes that resulted in its collapse in 558 AD
The dome of the Hagia Sophia was rebuilt in 562 AD following numerous earthquakes that resulted in its collapse in 558 AD
Four minarets were added to the Ayasofya after the Ottoman Turk conquest of Constantinople in 1453
Four minarets were added to the Ayasofya after the Ottoman Turk conquest of Constantinople in 1453
The Haigia Sophia was a church for almost 1000 years, then a mosque for nearly 500 years and is now a museum
The Haigia Sophia was a church for almost 1000 years, then a mosque for nearly 500 years and is now a museum
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
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