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HAGIA SOPHIA (AYASOFYA)
Tour ID : 218972

 

HAGIA SOPHIA

ONCE WAS THE GREATEST CHURCH OF THE WORLD

THEN WAS GREATEST MOSQUE OF THE WORLD

AND NOW THE GREATEST MUSEUM OF THE WORLD WHICH IS VISITED BY MORE THAN 3.700.000 VISITORS PER YEAR

HAGIA SOPHIA IS INCLUDED JUST IN FULL+FULL OLD CITY TOUR 

 

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ISTANBUL / HAGIA SOPHIA 

Hagia Sophia was choosen a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1985.

Rebuilt by the orders of Emperor Justinian in 537, for 900 years Hagia Sophia had been the center of Orthodox Christianity until 1453 when the city was concurred by Ottomans. 500 years following the conquest of Muslims, it became a jewel for the Muslim world and as the grand mosque of the sultans.

In 1935, Hagia Sophia had been converted into a museum of Turkish Republic by the orders of Ataturk, and became one of the most significant monuments not only in Turkey but on earth with its architecture and its historical richness.