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Hagia Sophia. The huge dome is supported by four giant pillars in the corners, along with the outcrop supports seen here. The four minarets (tower like )signify the building's importance, for only mosques built or restored by the sultan's family could have more than one.

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Hagia sophia

Hagia Sophia


Hagia sophia

The huge dome is supported by four giant pillars in the corners, along with the outcrop supports seen here.


Hagia sophia

The four minarets (tower like )signify the building's importance, for only mosques built or restored by the sultan's family could have more than one.


Exterior dome of the hagia sophia

Exterior dome of the Hagia Sophia


Hagia s massive interior

Hagia’s massive interior


Christian and muslim religious art

Christian and Muslim religious art


Hagia sophia

This beautiful mosaic, depicting of the enthroned Virgin and Child, is the oldest of the surviving mosaics in Hagia Sophia.


Mosaic of the virgin and child with byzantine rulers

Mosaic of the Virgin and Child with Byzantine rulers


Hagia sophia

This mosaic tops the imperial entrance to the Hagia Sophia's interior. It depicts Christ holding a book with the inscription "Peace be with you. I am the Light of the World." Christ is surrounded by the Virgin Mary and the angel Gabriel. At Christ's feet is a bearded emperor, who is believed to represent Leo VI asking for forgiveness.


Hagia sophia

Beyond the Hagia Sophia is the beautiful blue Bosporus Strait, which separates the continents of Europe and Asia.


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