"Religious fighting" Hagia Sophia - Ayia Sofia - Ayasofya Tip by solopes

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What a lot of history lives in those walls!

Most of the best and worst of human story is documented in this church. Several times built and destroyed, the final building, expected to be (and maybe it was) the biggest and most beautiful church in the world, was built in the 6th century.

But story kept flowing over it. Eight centuries later, the Ottomans conquered the town, and transformed it in a muslim mosque.

In 1935 Ataturk, at last, transformed it in a cultural museum. Now, with its christian decorations emerging from the Muslim coverings, it becomes a monument to tolerance and religious coexistence. Impossible to miss...

Address: Ayasofya Meydani, Sultanahmet
Phone: +90 212 522 1750
Website: http://www.ayasofyamuzesi.gov.tr/

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  • Updated Oct 28, 2014
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