Hagia Sophia



published on 09 April 2013

The former cathedral and mosque Hagia Sophia, Istanbul (formerly Constantinople). Although some historians disagree (claiming Constantine laid the foundation), Constantius II is credited with building the first of three Hagia Sophias, the Church of Holy Wisdom, in 360 CE. The church would be destroyed by fire in 404 CE, rebuilt by Theodosius II, destroyed and rebuilt again under Justinian in 532 CE.

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  • Jan van der Crabben wrote on 09 April 2013 at 15:06:

    Wow that must have been a very clear day!

  • Mark Cartwright wrote on 09 April 2013 at 14:59:

    Taken from across the Bosphorus using a big zoom.

  • Jan van der Crabben wrote on 09 April 2013 at 14:01:

    That is a very nice view of the Hagia Sofia. We visited Istanbul last year and I failed to capture a good photo from the outside.