Hagia Sophia

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Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia, was an early Christian church [1][2] and later an Eastern Orthodox church. It was built in 537 where two earlier churches had burned down. After an earthquake Trdat the Architect finished rebuilding it again in 994. Ottoman rulers made into a mosque in 1453. [1] It became a museum in 1935. It is in Istanbul, Turkey. Hagia Sophia is often said to be one of the greatest, and most beautiful buildings in history.

In July 2020, the Turkish government ordered the Hagia Sophia to be turned back into a mosque following a supreme court annulment of a 1934 presidential decree that made it a museum.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Catholic Encyclopedia - Constantinople Archived 5 August 2010 at WebCite
  2. Catholic Encyclopedia - Byzantine Architecture
  3. "Turkey's Erdogan orders the conversion of Hagia Sophia back into a mosque". CNN. 10 July 2020. Retrieved 11 July 2020.