Saint Sophia Church - Aghia Sophia - represents the triumph of Christianity, but also a symbol of Byzantium.
Tralles Anthemios master builders of Isidore of Miletus created one of the most impressive sacred buildings in the world, with a central dome designed based on mathematical calculations.
It was the largest church of Christianity until the Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453. The cathedral was converted into a mosque and four minarets were built surrounding the original building and Muslim artists have covered part of the Byzantine mosaic tiles that were written in golden letters cited from the Koran.
Today it serves only as a museum. Saint Sophia Church is recognized worldwide as one of the largest and most impressive buildings in the world.
By Maria Morari
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