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Ayasofya in Istanbul: A Work of Art!

The most famous and impressive landmark of Istanbul is the Ayasofya in Turkey. The Church of the Holy Wisdom is probably the most important building ever constructed in this country. Called Sancta Sophia in Latin, Hagia Sophia in Greek and Ayasofya in Turkish, it was built by Emperor Justinian in 537 AD on the site of Byzantium’s acropolis. Until St Peter’s Basilica was built in 1615 in Rome, the Ayasofya was the most impressively large church in Christendom. The structure of this church was designed by the architects Isidore of Miletus and Anthemius of Tralles and it was built in just six years.

In the temple, you will love to see its numerous calligraphic and mosaics discs widen across the walls and the ceiling. Also, walking around the first floor where you will find some of the most beautiful decors and mosaics of Christianity is a "must see." On the other hand, the temple is very well located, so, luckily, you will also have the opportunity to see other nearby attractions such as the Topkapi Palace, the Byzantine Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque and the Sunken Palace Cistern. Therefore, if you travel to Turkey, certainly, one of the first things that you have to do is visit the Ayasofya.

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