Istanbul - Mohamed Hakem's Photography
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Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is a former Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica ,later an imperial mosque, and now a museum. From the date of its construction in 537 until 1453, it served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral and seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople,[1] except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931. It was then secularized and opened as a museum on 1 February 1935

From Istanbul in 20 pictures: A world center of great value in the past as well as in the present