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Hagia Sophia is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica was once the greatest among Christians in Istanbul, Turkey. The church was richly decorated with mosaics throughout the centuries. They either depicted the Virgin Mother, Jesus, saints, or emperors and empresses. Other parts were decorated in a purely decorative style with geometric patterns. Until finally the building was converted into a mosque in 1453 when Constantinople was conquered by the armies of Sultan Mehmet and Ottomen. Then in 1935 until today Hagia Sophia became one of the famous museum in Istanbul with the name of Ayasofya Museum.

Then the interior design modified and adapted to the characteristics of Islam. Two minarets added afterwards. Not forgetting the mihrab (the priest standing), the pulpit, and also a place to perform ablution. There is calligraphy that decorate the dome of the mosque since the 19th century. Until now still be found. The building is often used as a reference model for several other mosques, including the Blue Mosque which is located in front of him. During the change into a mosque, all the elements of Christianity as the altar, bells, and statues removed.

At the top of the museum there is a gallery where there are works of art depicting the teachings of Christianity. Directly below lies the room shades of Islamic art and also functioned as a mosque. Although it has been converted into a museum, religious activities of Muslims are still running. Efforts to repair the building makes this museum has an element of balance to the two religious styles.

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