Hagia Sophia – Istanbul, Turkey | A Blog Voyage
The Deësis mosaic, (Circa 1261) is a traditional iconic representation of Christ Pantocrator carrying a book, and flanked by the Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist, with their hands raised in supplication on behalf of humanity. Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya Camii) (90) 212 522 1750 Ayasofya Meydanı, Sultanahmet Fatih Istanbul, Turkey www.ayasofyamuzesi.gov.tr OPEN HOURS: 09:00 - 19:00 Daily, April - October 09:00 - 17:00 Daily, October - April Referred to as the Church of the Holy Wisdom for many centuries, the Hagia Sophia is the most important Byzantine structure and one of the world's great monuments. This incredible structure has been a church for 916 years, a mosque for 482 years and now a museum for for over 82 years! The original cathedral is said to have been built by Constantine the great in 325, on the foundations of a pagan temple. After a fire in 404, it was restored under the rule of Theodosius II. Once again it was destroyed, this time in in the fires of