Interior of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul - Stock image
Church, Museum, Place of Worship, Allah, Arabic Style
Istanbul, Turkey -June 25, 2013:Interior of Hagia Sophia.Recently uncovered Byzantine mosaic on the walls of Aya Sofya.Emperor Justinian had the Aya Sofya built as part of his effort to restore the greatness of the Roman Empire. It was completed in 537 and reigned as the greatest church in Christendom until the Conquest in 1453. Mehmet the Conqueror had it converted into a mosque and so it remained until 1935, when AtatArk proclaimed it a museum.