Hagia Sophia Mosque ..a great historical edifice

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Hagia Sophia Mosque ..a great historical edifice

A special tour to get to know the great Hagia Sophia Mosque

Hagia Sophia Mosque ..a great historical edifice
01st February 2023
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The Hagia Sophia Mosque has become more famous than the fire of knowledge, and its fame has achieved an echo on the global level, as there are many people who consider it an architectural edifice that deserves to be studied, and it has attracted the attention of millions of tourists from different countries of the world, especially in light of the many transformations that it witnessed throughout its history .. and given its importance We chose to highlight it in this article.

Hagia Sophia Mosque

About the Hagia Sophia Mosque - Istanbul

This mosque is located on the European side in Istanbul, and it is one of the important symbols in that city, and if you want the truth, it is a true architectural masterpiece. You can discover this in every part of it. It was built in the year 537, and according to many scholars, it is considered the eighth wonder of the world.

Did you know that it was initially designed to be a church, and when Constantinople was opened by Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror, it was converted into a mosque in 1934 A.D. It was officially declared a museum and this continued until 2020 A.D. before it was converted into a mosque again by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, today it hosts thousands of worshipers daily and millions of tourists annually.

 

Hagia Sophia Mosque

When was Hagia Sophia built?

It was built in the era of the Roman Empire before it was destroyed by the Roman Emperor Severus, and Hagia Sophia means Holy Wisdom, and after 44 years the church was destroyed again and was rebuilt during the reign of Emperor Theodosius II. More than 100 engineers participated in the construction, and at the disposal of each of them there is 100 workers, and the reconstruction took 5 years and 10 months, or about 6 years, and bricks were used instead of wood, as they have greater resistance and the ability to deal with weather factors.

During the rebuilding process, the kings sent the best marble columns and luxurious windows to be placed in the Hagia Sophia, and in general, the Persian style can be observed in the building.

 

What do you know about the Hagia Sophia Museum?

The mosque was converted into a museum in 1934 AD, and this was at the hands of the first Turkish President, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and it has become an artistic place worth visiting and viewing. All these overlaps, but it is one of the Islamic symbols that were and still are.

old Hagia Sophia Mosque

The cemetery is in the Hagia Sophia mosque

The cemetery is a part of the mosque and there is only near it separated by a garden and contains five tombs of the most important sultans of the Ottoman Empire, namely Mehmed III, Selim II, Murad III, Ibrahim I and Mustafa the First, along with a large number of the sons of those sultans.

These tombs are covered with the distinctive Ottoman architectural design and decorated with beautiful motifs ruled by the most important Arabic calligraphy.

 

The architectural excellence of the Hagia Sophia Mosque

One of the reasons that drew attention to this mosque is that it has a very distinguished and unique urban design. The length of the building is 82 meters, the height of the dome exceeds 55 meters, and its diameter exceeds 31 meters. It is important to point out that the dome has 40 windows.

The building in general is supported by four very huge columns, each exceeding 24 meters long, and they are made of green marble. In one of the coincidences, four other hidden slanting columns were discovered, and they are believed to be the oldest ever.

Did you know that it is possible to enter the Hagia Sophia Mosque through one of the nine doors that characterize it? In terms of the interior architecture of the mosque, and after it was converted into a mosque, many paintings were covered with gypsum and Arabic calligraphy was drawn over them, but with the passage of time the writing began to disappear and the old drawings appeared behind it So we have overlapping and distinct panels.

Aya Sophia Mosque

Why visit Hagia Sophia Mosque?

You may wonder about what activities can be done when visiting the Hagia Sophia Mosque?

It is possible to pray in it and listen to its distinctive atmosphere that is difficult to find in another place, and then take a tour in it and get acquainted with the magnificence of this architecture that is still vibrant to this day.

Do not forget to take a lot of memorial photos of the mosque from inside and outside.

Sitting in a garden across from the mosque.

Visit the Hagia Sophia cemetery and see the artistic inscription painted on the tombs.

Near the mosque there are many restaurants and cafes.

Near it there are many important historical places that can be visited, such as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque and others that must be visited, as they also bear wonderful urban features.

 

News about Hagia Sophia Mosque

According to what was reported by newspapers and official sources, after the return of Hagia Sophia to a mosque again in 2020 AD, the influx to it began doubly from everywhere, especially the Arab turnout, especially on important occasions such as Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha. It hosts more than 120,000 visitors daily, and most of its visitors are young people interested in getting to know a different kind of culture.

 

The importance of investing in the Hagia Sophia area

Investing in the surrounding area is essential to maintaining this iconic landmark, as well as promoting economic growth and development in the area. By investing in business, tourism and other infrastructure projects, the city can ensure its continued prosperity and success. These investments will also create job opportunities and generate revenue for the residents. This makes it an important investment for any city with future thinking. This is precisely what prompts the Turkish government to continue to develop its infrastructure and introduce more architectural works and renew the old ones while preserving the archaeological touch that attracts the attention of tourists in particular.

This is the most important information that interests you about the Hagia Sophia. If you visit Istanbul, you must know it on the ground, and do not forget to prepare a long list of all the important places that you must visit.

 

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