Main Room at Hagia Sophia

People tour the main room of the Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul, Turkey. Round signs containing Arabic calligraphy hang high on the walls. The original Hagia Sophia building, which was a church, was built by Constantine the Great in the fourth century. The current building, which is the third, was built between 532 and 537 A.D. and is a classic example of Byzantine architecture. The building was converted into a mosque in the mid-15th century. In 1934, the Hagia Sophia became a museum, and this is its function today.

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