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This amazing building was an Orthodox or Catholic church for nearly 1100 years, and then a mosque for another five hundred years, before being converted into a museum about eighty years ago. At the time it was built, it was the largest building in the world and held that title for over a millennium, losing it ultimately to the Seville Cathedral in Spain. It is the most famous sight in Istanbul, Turkey, which has its own page on this website.
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Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Middle East
Subcategory Detail:Turkey
Keywords:Aya Sofya, Europe, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Middle East, Turkey, mosque