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AyaSofya ! by Bashar Shglila on Flickr.

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Hagia Sophia (Turkish: Ayasofya) is a former Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica (church), later an imperial mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its construction in 537 until 1453, it served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral and seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931. It was then secularized and opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.

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Greek woman in black, holding a candle, during the memorial and protest for Greek, Armenian and Assyrian Genocide in Aghia Sofia circa Thessaloniki, outside of the turkish parliament #May19