If walls could talk, Turkey’s Hagia Sophia would have an abundance of stories to tell. Once a church, then a mosque, and now a museum, this world marvel has stood the test of time and war, surviving centuries of conquest by some of history’s greatest empires.
The Hagia Sophia was finished in the year 537, only 5 years after construction began. On this day (May 7) in the year 558, the dome collapse following a major earthquake. It was rebuilt – in the first of many modifications made to the structure!
From the TED-Ed Lesson It’s a church. It’s a mosque. It’s Hagia Sophia. – Kelly Wall
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