Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia
Sultanahmet Meydanı, Eminönü
İstanbul (İstanbul)

Historisch museum | Kunstmuseum
The Hagia Sophia or Ayasofya as it is known in Turkish was actually a patriarchal Basilica that has been considered to be an embodiment of Byzantine architecture and also had the distinction of remaining the largest cathedral in the world until 1520. Built on the orders of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian, its interiors were richly decorated with artistic mosaics depicting various religious scenes and were supported by massive marble pillars.

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