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Hagia Sophia ('Divine Wisdom,' Latin: Sancta Sophia, Turkish: Ayasofya) was Constantinople's cathedral and the site of a church originally built by Constantus, son of emperor Constantine the Great. The original Hagia Sophia was burned down by supporters of St. John Chrysostom because he was banished from the city after a series of fiery sermons denouncing the vice and immorality of the imperial court. The second Hagia Sophia stood for nearly a century until January, 532, when it was burned along with numerous other public buildings during a series of riots.

The current building on this site, generally known as Hagia Sophia, was built under the direction of emperor Justinian and has been labeled the eighth wonder of the world. It is widely regarded as one of the best examples of ancient architecture and contains some of the best examples of Byzantine mosaics in existence.

Images of Hagia Sophia

Constantinople: Hagia Sophia Diagram, undated
Hagia Sophia, Floor Plan

Constantinople: Hagia Sophia Mosaic
Hagia Sophia: Undated Diagram

Constantinople: Hagia Sophia Entrance
Hagia Sophia Enterance

Constantinople: Hagia Sophia Fountain
Hagia Sophia Fountain

Constantinople: Hagia Sophia, early 20th century
Hagia Sophia, Early 20th Century

Constantinople: Hagia Sophia Exterior
Hagia Sophia, Exterior

Constantinople: Hagia Sophia Exterior
Hagia Sophia, Exterior

Constantinople: Hagia Sophia Exterior
Hagia Sophia, Exterior

Constantinople: Hagia Sophia Interior
Hagia Sophia, Undated Interior Photo

Constantinople: Hagia Sophia Interior
Hagia Sophia, Interior

Constantinople: Hagia Sophia Interior with Columns
Interior with Columns

Constantinople: Hagia Sophia Sultan's Box
Sultan's Box

Constantinople: Hagia Sophia Mosaic
Hagia Sophia, Mosaic

Constantinople: Hagia Sophia Mosaic
Hagia Sophia, Mosaic

 

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