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The Orthodox church for a long time has been the largest in the world, one of the greatest examples of Byzantine culture, and is called the eighth wonder of the world.
The cathedral is built on the site of an ancient acropolis, where temples and churches were built before, but they were comprehended by a terrible fate and they turned into ashes and ruins after countless fires.
In December 532, it was decided to build a new huge cathedral in the same place in honor of Hagia Sophia. A huge amount of money was invested in its construction, was involved more than 10,000 workers and in an incredibly fast time, after 5 years, the cathedral was completely ready and opened its doors to all comers.
Photo: Hagia Sophia Mosque
For more than 1000 years it was a symbol of Byzantium and remained one of the largest Christian churches. Even when Constantinople was captured by the Turks, the cathedral was not touched or looted. His beauty amazed the Turkish sultan Mahmed Fitikh and he strictly forbade to touch the huge temple. It was renamed into Hagia Sophia and turned into a mosque.
Now the Hagia Sophia mosque has been transformed into a museum, and it is opened to those who want to admire the majestic building.
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Visit Hagia Sophia Mosque
Visit the "eighth wonder of the world" in Istanbul and find out why the mosque conquered the great conquerors, sultans and kings with its beauty.TRY 409
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Hagia Sophia Mosque on the mapLocation: Hagia Sophia mosque is located in the center of the old city, in the Sultanahmet district.
Opened from 09:00 am to 07:00 pm for the period from 15 April to 30 September and from 09:00 am to 05:00 pm from 1 October to 14 April.
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