Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia, aka Ayasofya. In 1935, it was converted from an active mosque into a museum. Finished in 537 A.D. by Emperor Justinian. It was originally a church. In 1453, when the Ottoman Turks captured Constantinople, the church was converted into a mosque and the four minarets were built.
View from the middle of Sultanahmet Meydani Park. Traffic in front of the mosque. Considered the best example of Byzantine architecture.
The scaffolding for the restoration project that took up a lot of the interior. Side gallery. The mimbar.
The apse. Stained glass. What an eye-sore.
The dome. Side hallway. Medallions.
The Deesis mosaic.
Made in 1261 to celebrate the change from Roman Catholic to Orthodox.
Looking out the window. View of the Blue Mosque.
The Virgin and Child mosaic.
Justinian I and Constantine I are the figures on either side.
Empress Zoe mosaic.
Christ Pantocrator in the center, with Emperor Constantine I on the left and Empress Zoe on the right. From the 11th century A.D.
View of the interior.
Side view, on the road walking back from Topkapi Palace. Hagia Sophia at night.

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