Hagia Sofia

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Noun1.Hagia Sofia - a 6th century masterpiece of Byzantine architecture in Istanbul; built as a Christian church, converted to a mosque in 1453, and made into a museum in the middle of the 20th century
Constantinople, Istanbul, Stamboul, Stambul - the largest city and former capital of Turkey; rebuilt on the site of ancient Byzantium by Constantine I in the fourth century; renamed Constantinople by Constantine who made it the capital of the Byzantine Empire; now the seat of the Eastern Orthodox Church
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FELINE FACT Tabby cat Gli has lived in the Hagia Sofia for over 15 years and has her own Instagram, @hagiasophiacat.
This file photo taken on August 22, 2017 shows Hagia Sofia museum in the historical district of Istanbul as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mooted on March 24, 2019 the possibility of renaming it as a mosque, in comments during a television interview.
Historians have argued that the kings' graves were discovered in Hadhramaut by Byzantine empress Helena in the 4th century CE, who interred their bodies in the Hagia Sofia of Constantinople, in the 12th century CE, the three kings were moved again and rest to this day in a gold triple sarcophagus in the Cologne Cathedral of Germany.
Summary: The Facebook page of the Quick Line travel agency in Jal al-Dib displays the typical advertisements of the trade -- pictures of sparkling seaside resorts and famous tourist sites: the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, the Hagia Sofia.
Debido a las caracteristicas ecologicas de las Riodinidae, para el trabajo sobre la delimitacion de microhabitats, se trabajo exclusivamente en las dos localidades que presentaron la mayor riqueza: Rancho Hagia Sofia y El Azulillo del bosque tropical caducifolio; las cuales contienen el 84 % de las especies de esta familia que ocurren en todo el transecto (Fig.
The Hagia Sofia would be the next stop, providing visitors with a glimpse of the architectural styles of both the legendary empires that once ruled Istanbul, the Byzantine and Ottoman empires.
It was said of Ottoman Constantinople at the time of Suleiman the Magnificent that 'the site of the city was created by nature for the capital of the world.' Yet despite its magnificent location, Kemal Ataturk renamed it Istanbul, turned Hagia Sofia from a mosque into a museum and moved Turkey's capital to Ankara, as a goodwill gesture to the Orthodox Christians.
A restoration effort will be performed at the Hagia Sofia Mosque in the (http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/tag/Black%20Sea) Black Sea province of Trabzon in northeastern Turkey, the Hurriyet Daily News (http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hagia-sophia-mosque-to-be-restored-in-turkeys-trabzon.aspx?pageID=238&nID=108682&NewsCatID=341) reported Thursday. 
Standing testament to this is the Hagia Sofia, built as a Byzantine cathedral, then converted into a mosque.
A stay in Istanbul would not be complete without a visit to The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia Museum, The Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace.
While seeing the basics such as the spice market, Sultan Ahmed Mosque and the Hagia Sofia, make sure you know the taxi fares before you go, as Turkish taxi drivers are infamous for over-charging.