The Hagia Sophia, whose name means “holy wisdom,” is a domed monument originally built as a cathedral in Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey).
Following damages caused by successive earthquakes which caused a partial collapse of the dome it was reconstructed by order of Emperor Justinian I.
In its almost 1,500 year life-span it has functioned as a cathedral, mosque and now a museum.
You may also be interested in taking a virtual tour of Hagia Sophia.
Additionally you may find the following resources interesting:
- World Monuments Fund
- A Monumental Struggle to Preserve Hagia Sophia
- A Description of Hagia Sophia written in 563 by Paul the Silentiary
Hagia Sophia seen from the Bosphorus. Source: Pixabay