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Hagia Sophia is a former Greek church, later an imperial mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its construction in 537 until 1453, it served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral and seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, 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

Hagia Sophia is a former Greek church, later an imperial mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its construction in 537 until 1453

Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.

A line forms for prayer service at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. (this is one of my fave places i've ever been to!

イスタンブール(Istanbul)                                                       …

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I'd love to go middle eastern countries and see all the beautiful Mosques, each one is so different and unique, so magical and peaceful looking. Who needs beaches when there are such beautiful Mosques to see all over the world, MashAllah.

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

The dome became a dominant element in Byzanthine Architecture. The most famous example of Byzanthine architecture is the Hagia Sophia church in Istanbul, Turkey

Ruins of Ephesus - Turkey. One of the great cities of the Greeks in Asia Minor

Ruins of Ephesus - Turkey. One of the great cities of the Greeks in Asia Minor and home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Hagia Sophia. Wanted to go here since the first time I laid eyes on this in AP art history.. Ah, Istanbul

Previous pinner said: Hagia Sophia. Wanted to go here since the first time I laid eyes on this in AP art history. Ah, Istanbul

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