Church and Mosque in Byzantion/Istanbul

This is a view of the present-day Turkish city of Istanbul -- the former Constantinople and Byzantium -- looking eastward toward the mouth of the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus. Once the imperial capital of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, in the late Middle Ages the Ottoman Turks made this city the imperial capital of the Muslim Ottoman Empire.
In the foreground is one of the three greatest mosques built as mosques by the Ottoman Sultans, the famous Blue Mosque erected by Sultan Ahmet in the early 17th century. In the distance behind it is the Byzantine Emperor Justinian's even more famous Church of Hagia Sofia -- Church of Saint Sophia -- first established by the emperor Constantine in the 4th century, and rebuilt in its present form by order of Justinian in the 6th century.


Hagia Sophia

Converted from Christian church to mosque by Constantinople's Turkish conquerors, at which time its Christian iconography was obliterated, the Church of Saint Sophia has more recently seen restoration of its surviving mosaics of Christian subjects. The building is today a museum, used for religious rites by neither Christians nor Muslims.


Interior of Hagia Sophia


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