The Hagia Sophia, whose name means “holy wisdom,” is a domed monument originally built as a cathedral in Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey).

Following damages caused by successive earthquakes which caused a partial collapse of the dome it was reconstructed by order of Emperor Justinian I.

In its almost 1,500 year life-span it has functioned as a cathedral, mosque and now a museum.

Read more at Live Science, at History Todayand at Sacred Destinations.

You may also be interested in taking a virtual tour of Hagia Sophia.

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Hagia Sophia seen from the Bosphorus. Source: Pixabay

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