Past in Perspective.

'Old buildings whisper to us in the creaking

of floorboards and rattling of windowpanes.'

-Fennel Hudson

The Hagia Sophia was originally a basilica for the Orthodox Christian Church of Greeks. The present Hagia Sophia completed in 537 is the third one. The design of the building is a combination of traditional design elements of an Orthodox basilica with a large, domed roof and a semi-domed altar with two porches. Hagia Sophia was the central church of the faith in the Byzantine Empire. New emperors would be crowned here, thus the building served a pivotal role...

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