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Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia
Society: ASCEMain Category: CivilSub Category: BuildingsEra: 0-1000DateCreated: 537So?uk Çe?me Sk 2-14 Cankurtaran Mh.IstanbulCountry: TurkeyWebsite: Unknown

The church of Hagia Sophia (literally "Holy Wisdom") in Constantinople, now Istanbul, was first dedicated in 360 by Emperor Constantius, son of the city's founder, Emperor Constantine. Hagia Sophia served as the cathedra, or bishop's seat, of the city. Originally called Megale Ekklesia (Great Church), the name Hagia Sophia came into use around 430. The first church structure was destroyed during riots in 404; the second church, built and dedicated in 415 by Emperor Theodosius II, burned down during the Nika revolt of 532, which caused vast destruction and death throughout the city.

Image Credit: Courtesy Flickr/David Spender (CC BY 2.0)Image Caption: Hagia SophiaEra_date_from: 537
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