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Hagia Sophia, Church of Holy Wisdom
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Church of Holy Wisdom (Greek Αγία Σοφία, Agίa Sofίa, lat. Sancta Sophia or tour. Ayasofya)
If we do comparison then we say the Hagia Sofia is to Balkan Peninsula, the same as the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) to Pyrenees or the church of Sts. Peter’s in Rome to Apennine peninsula …

However, the Hagia Sophia is unique and isn’t comparable. Beyond any competition!
Hagia Sophia was built in 537th in the place of the previous church which was built by Theodosius II, which was burnt during the reign of Emperor Justinian. It was the imperial church where the coronation ceremony Byzantine emperors held.
A former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque and now museum Hagia Sophia is the largest church in the world, especially if you considerate the time of its construction.

Almost a whole century Hagia Sophia was the most famous church in all Christendom.
Hagia Sophia had a bad luck in the 15th century when Sultan Mehmed II turned Hagia Sophia into a mosque and was a mosque, almost half a century.
Only recently, at the time of Kemal Ataturk, ceased to be a mosque, but it hasn’t returned to the status of the church. Hagia Sophia is now a museum. The interior is partly restored and returned to her appearance from the period when it was a church with many figures of saints, icons and mosaics, while, on the other hand the typical Islamic inscriptions and mirhaba-altar facing towards Mecca …

The exterior of the Hagia Sophia is almost authentic from the period when it was the church but it was reconstructed and added four great minaret.
Later, it was used the Hagia Sophia as a model, to build the magnificent “Blue Mosque”, the pearl of Islamic architecture and many other magnificent religious buildings including the St. Sava’s Cathedral in Belgrade.

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