"AYASOFYA" Hagia Sophia - Ayia Sofia - Ayasofya Tip by KIZGINdamdakiKedi

  Ayasofya and Sultanahmet
by KIZGINdamdakiKedi

Aya Sophia was, for nearly a thousand years, the largest enclosed space in the world, and still seen as one of the world?s most important architectural monuments. It is one of Turkey?s most popular attractions, drawn by the sheer spectacle of its size, architecture, mosaics and art.
For 916 years it was a church, then a mosque for 481 years, and since 1935 has been a museum. Thought to have been constructed by Emperor Konstantinos I (324 ? 337) it was burned down during a revolt. Rebuilt by Emperor Theodosium II, it was opened for worship in 415 and once again was burned to the ground, during the Nika revolts of 532.
The marble and mosaics remain the most interesting aspects today. The columns supporting the gallery are made from antique marble, and in the western gallery is the green marble which marks the position of the throne of the Empress. The impressive figurative mosaics include Virgin and Child flanked by two emperors, dating back to the late 10th century, and one depicting Christ, the Virgin, and St John the Baptists. Even though there is partial damage, the haunting images on their faces remain as strong as ever.

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

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  • Written Jul 13, 2003
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