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Hagia Sophia 
(also called Santa Sofia) 
Jpg: Bizantino
One of most remarkable buildings in the world. Located in Constantinople (now Istanbul), Turkey. 
The Hagia Sophia was built during the time of fabled Emperor Justinian (527-565 AD) when the Byzantine Empire was at the height of its power and influence. The massive central dome, which is the prominent architectural feature of the building, would serve as the basic pattern governing the design of Islamic Mosques throughout the Near and Middle East. Its immense cupola measures 54 meters (177 feet) high and 31 meters (102 feet) in diameter.  At the top, small windows circle the dome like a barrel letting light steam in at different times of the day and season, making for a stunning visual interior experience which is always in transition. After the fall of Byzantium, the Hagia Sophia was converted into an Ottoman Mosque. Today, the monument is a museum serving both Christians and Moslems. 
(New 7 Wonders) 



  • See John Singer Sargent's paintings of the Hagia Sophia

  • See the year in review 1890-1891
Other Photos  


Dome barrel ceiling showing windows 

Interior showing light effects 



By:  Natasha Wallace
Copyright 1998-2003 all rights reserved
Created 5/31/2002
Updated 10/03/2003



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