The Conversion of Hagia Sophia from a Christian Cathedral into an Islamic Mosque: Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome, Eastern Orthodox Churches Built atop Holy Springs, the Defensive Measures of Constantinople, Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II’s Conqueror of Constantinople, and the Rumelihisarı Fortress

2500 years ago, Constantinople, Istanbul was a Greek city referred to as “Byzantium”. Perhaps Napoleon Bonaparte said it best when he said “if the world were a single state, then Constantinople would be its capital”. Long considered to be the center of the world. The Hagia Sophia was created as a Christian cathedral by the ancient Romans and converted to an Islamic mosque in the 15th century. During the modern day, the Hagia Sophia has now become a secular museum. Referred to as “Ayasofya” in Tu...

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