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.
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- Hagia Sophia
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- Aya Sofya Square
- 41.008548° N, 28.979938° E
- Date Published
- October 8, 2013
- Last Updated
- April 11, 2015
Dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses
The dome of Justinian's Hagia Sophia collapses during work to repair earthquake damage. It will be reconstructed on an even larger scale by 562.
Completion of the Hagia Sophia under Constantius
The original Hagia Sophia (Church of Holy Wisdom) in Constantinople is completed under Emperor Constantius.
Nika Riots in Constantinople
Fires set during the Nika riots destroy much of Constantinople, including the imperial palace and the original Hagia Sophia.
Hagia Sophia Completed
The Hagia Sophia, principal Byzantine church in Constantinople (modern Istanbul) and marvel of ancient architecture, is completed under Emperor Justinian, who is said to have exclaimed, Νενίκηκά σε Σολομών ("Solomon, I have outdone thee!")...
Crusaders attack, desecrate and plunder the Hagia Sophia. Today, most of Hagia Sophia's riches can be seen in the treasury of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice.