Hagia Sophia (from the Greek: Ἁγία Σοφία, "Holy Wisdom"; Latin: Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia; Turkish: Ayasofya) is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, it served as the Greek Patriarchal cathedral of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Patriarch of Constantinople of the Western Crusader established Latin Empire. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931, when it was secularized. It was opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.
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Great image ... but it makes me sad that this once was a christian church in the Christian city of Constantinople. "Allahu akhbar" signs inside an old Christian church make me feel sick.
ditto Ruhri as an Eastern Orthodox guy
I´m so glad we agree.
Wow! What a building. You've captured some amazing detail.
no matter where it is... but nice job...