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Hagia Sophia
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(“Holy Wisdom”) is the name of a few churches in the Byzantine Empire and in neighboring lands, including churches in Constantinople, Thessalonica, Ohrid and Kiev. The most important, the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople/Istanbul, was erected in 532–537 under Emperor Justinian I by Anthemios of Tralles and Isidoros of Mileto. Two previous structures had burned down (dates of dedication: 360, 415). Justinian's new structure is considered to be the most outstanding achievement of Byzantium and one of the most important crea…

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Schlüter, Sabine, “Hagia Sophia”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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