Hagia Sophia means a “Holy wisdom” in Greek and it is mainly an Orthodox patriarchal basilica which was later converted to a mosque by the aggression of Fatih Sultan Mehmet in the year 1453. It is located in Istanbul, Turkey.
Since then, it became a place of worship for the Muslims but now that religious origin of the place had lost its ground and it is given the aura of a museum. Now it is one the best tourist spots in the world where people comes in to enjoy the medievalism in the luxury of modernity.
Some facts about history related to the place
Knowing that it was a church before, it can be said that the Church was dedicated to the Logos who was the second person of the holy Trinity. The dedication of the holy trinity took place on 25th December, the anniversary of the birth of Christ.
Hagia Sophia is sometimes known as the Sancta Sophia which is the reference to the Saint Sophia where the word Sophia indicates wisdom in Latin. The entire place is called the Shrine of the Holy Wisdom of God in Greek.
The description of the entire place and its historical connection
The place is very famous for the big dome it has and it is considered to be the symbol of Byzantine architecture and it is also said that it has altered the entire history of architecture. Thereafter, it remained the largest cathedral of the world for a thousand years after its birth. It stayed up to the birth of another cathedral named Seville Cathedral in the year 1520.
The building which we see now is constructed by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the year 532 to 537. It was the third Church of the Holy Wisdom in the place. But both these churches were destroyed by the rioters. The church was designed by two persons namely Isidore of Miletus, a Greek physicist and Anthemius of Tralles, a Greek mathematician.