Hagia Sophia


Hagia Sophia, when built, was the largest Christian church in the world.  It  was converted to a mosque in 1453 by the Ataturk, Mehmet II.  It is now a museum.


 The first Hagia Sophia was built by Emperor Constantine the Great in the fourth century.  In time , it was destroyed, then rebuild and then burned down.  The present Hagia Sophia was built between 532 and 537 under the close attention of Emperor Justinian I.












Hagia Sophia remained a church until 1453, in that year Sultan Mehmet  converted it into an imperial mosque.




Hagia Sofia was made into a museum in 1935 by the first Turkish president, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.  In the process, covered marble floors and mosaics were revieled for the first time in centuries.





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