Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Once a mosque and now a museum, the Hagia Sophia was originally a Byzantine cathedral, built in 537. It is universally acknowledged as one of the great buildings of the world.

Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
249504
Names
Aya Sofya
Ayasofya
Church of Holy Wisdom
Hagia Sophia
St. Sophia
Styles

Timeline

360

Completion of the Hagia Sophia under Constantius

15 Jan 532

Nika Riots in Constantinople

24 Dec 537

Hagia Sophia Completed

7 May 558

Dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses

Bibliography

  1. McDonagh, Bernard. Blue Guide Turkey. Blue Guide, 2001, pp. 65-71.