Hagia Sophia

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The first church on the site was known as the Μεγάλη Ἐκκλησία (Megálē Ekklēsíā, "Great Church"), or in Latin "Magna Ecclesia",[10] because of its larger dimensions in comparison to the contemporary churches in the City.[3] Inaugurated on 15 February 360 (during the reign of Constantius II) by the Arian bishop Eudoxius of Antioch,[11] it was built next to the area where the imperial palace was being developed. The nearby Hagia Eirene ("Holy Peace") church was completed earlier and served as cathedral until the Hagia Sophia was completed. Both churches acted together as the principal churches of the Byzantine Empire. Writing in 440, Socrates of Constantinople claimed that the church was built by Constantius II, who was working on it in 346.[11] A tradition which is not older than the 7th – 8th century, reports that the edifice was built by Constantine the Great.[11] Zonaras reconciles the two opinions, writing that Constantius had repaired the edifice consecrated by Eusebius of Nicomedia, after it had collapsed.[11] Since Eusebius was bishop of Constantinople from 339 to 341, and Constantine died in 337, it seems possible that the first church was erected by the latter.[11] The edifice was built as a traditional Latin colonnaded basilica with galleries and a wooden roof. It was preceded by an atrium. It was claimed to be one of the world's most outstanding monuments at the time. The Patriarch of Constantinople John Chrysostom came into a conflict with Empress Aelia Eudoxia, wife of the emperor Arcadius, and was sent into exile on 20 June 404. During the subsequent riots, this first church was largely burned down.[11] Nothing remains of the first church today.

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Comments (135)

Ijaz Ahmad Mughal on April 5, 2013

Great composition of this beautiful Mosque. Very nice colors and capture. ,Like!.,,Best greetings from Ijaz Ahmad

sergio Delmonico on April 6, 2013

A well balanced composition with good details, the great light renders rich and vivid colours!



CHO PIGU on April 10, 2013

Taken from a very good position!
Great composition・・Super shot!!


ちょぴぐ Greetings from Japan。 

Krzysztof Krzywar on April 15, 2013

Very good street photography! LK ! Greetings. Krzysztof

h.aygor on April 15, 2013

Çok güzel bir fotoğraf daha! Turist otobüsleri bile yapının muhteşemliğini ve gökyüzünün çok hoş mavisini engelleyememiş. YSL*

Selamlar, Hüsam

Maja Go on April 16, 2013

Excellent composition and

very beautiful photo!

LIKE Greetings, Maya

Ana María Ossorio Ló… on April 19, 2013

Siempre bella Hagia Sophia--buena captura--like 122--AnaM

蒂芙尼.林 on May 7, 2013

wonderful and fabulous shapshot & good composition on colour setting. YS:48 + LIKE:122

congratulation and have a nice day for you cecemil

best regards from tiffany Liem

serghiei1 ☂NO VIEWS… on May 23, 2013

Bel punto di vista, ottima composizione, mi piace! YSL. Ciao, Serghiei1

Ali Raza on May 25, 2013

Magnificent image! Like & YES ! ... 【ツ】

Best wishes

Brab B on May 28, 2013

nice view. Like !

Luck-one on May 29, 2013

Great place, good shot! Greetings From Nagasaki,Japan.

S@sy on August 13, 2013

szép épület, sasy

Valentine Verchenko on December 17, 2013

beautiful mosque.


Friendly greetings. Valentine

Haggs on August 26

Very nice image Like

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 14, 2013
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    by Cemil özkan
    • Taken on 2012/04/13 14:23:53
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 35.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/14.000
    • Exposure Bias: -0.67 EV
    • No flash