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Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom) church and mosque, now
museum. Built under Justinian (527-565) over a 4th ct.
basilica. Minarets were added when the church became a
mosque after the Turkish conquest in 1453. Painted-over
mosaics were restored under sultan Abdul Mecit in 1847.
Hagia Sophia was the seat of the Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople (also known as Byzanz or Istanbul) and a principal setting for Byzantine imperial ceremonies. In this church the coronation of emperor Alexios IV Angelo took place on August 1 1203.
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey