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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

The Church of Divine Wisdom, Aya Sofya is almost 1,500 years old. All trips to Istanbul start here.

 

The Hagia Sophia was built for the first time by the emperor Constantine the Great (306-337).

With the Turkish conquest in 1454, the church became an imperial mosque until 1935 when Atatürk changed the building into the museum it is today.

 

Explored January 15, 2012 #196

Thank you

 

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Copyright © 2012 Slavina Bahchevanova

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Taken on January 9, 2012