Aya Sofia / Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

First Church, then Mosque now Museum

Location: Istanbul. Finished in 537 under the rule of Emperor Justinian. Biggest church in christianity untill 1453 when it was converted into a mosque under the Ottoman rule. In 1934 Atatürk made the building a museum.

Mosque - Aya Sofia (167)
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Mosque - Aya Sofia (169)
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Mosque - Aya Sofia (171)
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Mosque - Aya Sofia (172)
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Mosque - Aya Sofia - mihrab (168)
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Mosque - Aya Sofia - mihrab (169)
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Mosque - Aya Sofia - minbar (170)
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Mosque - Aya Sofya (171)
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Narthex I - Hagia Sophia (275)
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Narthex I - Hagia Sophia (276)
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Narthex II - Hagia Sophia (272)
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Narthex II - Hagia Sophia (273)
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Narthex II - Hagia Sophia (274)
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Renovation 2003 - Hagia Sophia (121)
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Renovation 2003 - Hagia Sophia (127)
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The old public entrance - Hagia Sophia (289)
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Viking runes -Hagia Sophia mm (374)
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Viking runes -Hagia Sophia mm (375)
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Karsten Duus