Note: St. Sophia

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The Last Man, Edited by Steven E. Jones

Santa Sophia


Hagia Sophia ("Holy Wisdom"), or St. Sophia, is one of the world's paradigms of Byzantine Architecture. It was first built as a Christian church for Emperor Justinian I; then--after the Turkish conquest of Constantinople in 1453--became an important mosque. The towering minarets (added by the Turks) and 184 ft. dome overlook the old city of Constantinople (now Istanbul).

santa sophia

Map of Mediterranean region

Published @ RC

October 1997