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The Hagia Sophia in Thessaloniki, Greece, is one of the oldest churches in the city still standing today. It is one of several monuments in Thessaloniki included as a World Heritage Site on the UNESCO list.
In the 7th century, the present structure was erected, based on the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (present-day Istanbul, Turkey). In 1205, when the Fourth Crusade captured the city, the Hagia Sophia was converted into the cathedral of Thessaloniki, which lasted until 1224, the year when the battalions of the Despotate of Epirus, under Theodore Komnenos Doukas, liberated the city. After the capture of Thessaloniki by the Ottoman Sultan Murad II on 29 March 1430, the church was converted into a mosque. It was reconverted to a church upon the liberation of Thessaloniki in 1912.

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  • Copyright: Piotr FG (PiotrF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 6036 W: 2 N: 12181] (56312)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2022-05-00
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2022-08-17 9:52
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