Hagia Sofia, Istanbul, Turkey

Hagia Sofia, Istanbul, Turkey

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Caption: View of scaffolding being used inside the Hagia Sofia, Istanbul, Turkey, during renovation and restoration. Hagia Sofia (Ayasofia) is a former Christian patriarchal basilica (church), later an imperial mosque, and now a museum (Ayasofya Muzesi) in Istanbul. From the date of its construction in 537 until 1453, it served as an Orthodox cathedral and seat of the Patriarch of Constantinople except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931. It was then secularized and opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.

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