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hagia sophia (aya sofia) is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture. located at the heart of istanbul this huge cathedral was built in 6th century. the dome was unmatched for its diameter for centuries. the building was captured by turks in 1453 and converted to a mosque (now serves as a museum). according to islam, there shouldnt be any human figures in a mosque, therefore, the frescoes, iconas, and mozaics were not destroyed, but only removed to another building or covered cement. you can explore this museum today and see many of those state of the art mosaics.
on the green plates are written the name of four caliphs. those plates are so huge (compare with people inside) they had to be built inside.
the building was burnt down by its own people (nika riot) in 532, was looted by latins during crusades, was desroyed by earthquakes. however it is so mighty and beautiful it lived on until today.

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  • Copyright: mustafa ak (aytu_k) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 68 W: 8 N: 32] (223)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2004-08-21
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/2.8, 1/30 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2007-04-01 12:54
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