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Built for the Emperor Justinian I in A.D. 537 and consecrated by the Patriarch Menas on December 27th,it took only six years to build.
Designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isidore of Miletus.
May 7th A.D. 558 the dome collapsed due to an earthquake the previous December.Anew dome was hurredly rebuilt although not quite the same as the original.
Church measures 260 x 270 feet.Dome is 210 ft high and has a diameter of 110 ft.
Nave is 135 ft wide,aisles 62 ft.
Converted into a Mosque in 1453 when Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror seized Byzantium.
Remained a Mosque until 1935 when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk converted it into a museum.
Open every day except Monday, 09.30-16.30
Unsure as to the current entrance fee but think it's around $7
Address: Sultanahmet Meydani,Sultanahmet.
Phone: +90 212 528 45 00
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