13) At least two manuscripts of the work survive: a complete version in Istanbul's Aya Sofya
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Opposite the Blue Mosque in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, the squat, rosy Aya Sofya
was built more than 1,000 years before its neighbour.
In recent weeks the use of the Hagia Sophia -- called the Aya Sofya
in Turkish -- has been the source of a rather controversial political discussion
A female suicide bomber entered the police station saying in English that she had lost her purse before blowing herself up inside the three-storey building, across the square from the Aya Sofya
museum and the Blue Mosque, which are among the main sites for millions of visitors to Istanbul each year.
is a cavernous church–turnedmosque–turned–museum.
Hagia Sophia, or Aya Sofya
was designed by the Greek professor of geometry Anthemios of Tralles and one of the main Byzantine Greek architects Isidoros of Miletus in 532-537.
Right next door is the unmissable Aya Sofya
, (entrance $14).
ANKARA, Oct 5, 2010 (TUR) -- Turkey's Aya Sofya
(Hagia Sophia) museum in north-western province of Istanbul was granted Italy's prestigious "Rotondi Award" for the restorations taking place at the musuem.
Here in Aya Sofya
are the relics of the terrible invasion of Constantinople by the Catholic Crusaders in 1204.
The ferry will eventually be replaced by an underground tunnel, but for now passengers will be able to enjoy views of the Aya Sofya
and Topkapi Palace.
Minarets dot the skyline, the mightiest the Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet and its twin, the much older Aya Sofya
, which was built by the Emperor Justinian between 532 and 547AD.
The skyline is still dominated by Aya Sofya
, the stunning sixth century Byzantine cathedral converted into a mosque after the fall of Constantinople in 1453, and the equally beautiful Blue Mosque, which the Turks built to rival it.