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The Hagia Sophia Mosque (Ayasofya Cami) was built as a christian church in 532-537 and used as a church for 916 years. After the conquering of Constantinople, it was used as a mosque for 481 years. Finally Atatürk, the founder of Republic of Turkey, decided for it to be used as a museum since 1935.
Where the Hagia Sophia is standing today used to be a wooden roofed basilica, way back in 324 A.D. The church was known as Megale Ecclesia (The Great Church) and was burnt in 404 A.D.
Emperor Theodosius then built a bigger church, but it was damaged during the Nika Revolt in 532 A.D. When the 4th Crusade came into city, many things were stolen from the Hagia Sophia. Iconoclastic Crusaders eradicated many images in the Hagia Sophia Church, too. But not to worry, there is still so much to see for you!
It became a mosque again on 20 July 2020 and some of the gold mosaics are covered with white fabric because of prayer, although can still be seen from underneath.
I would love to show you this magnificent building and tell you all about it.
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