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Istanbuls famous Hagia Sophia is a classic example of Byzantine architecture. Its uniquely constructed dome is a source of interest for many. The church served as a Christian place of worship from the year 360 until the 1300s. Under the Ottoman Empire, it was converted into a mosque. As a result, the Hagia Sophia features both Christian and Muslim religious iconography. In 1934, at the start of the Turkish Republic, it was ordered to be transformed into a museum. It is now forbidden to worship openly here. The ancient and iconic Hagia Sophia has inspired similar architecture the world over.

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