The Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul ranked 2th in the list of ” Top 20 World’s Building” that Tourists are advised to see. Taj Mahal in India ranked first and Australia Sydney Opera House took the third place.
Among the most visited museums, the Hagia Sophia is one of the world’s most prominent monuments in terms of art and architectural history and it is shown as the world’s 8th wonder.
The Emperor Justinian (527 565) made this structure built by two important Architects of that period; Isidore from Tralles (Aydin) with Anthemios from Miletos (Balat).
In records , it states there were 100 worker in each architect’s team consisting 100 architechs in total under control of 2 chief architect.
The construction was started on 23rd February 532 and completed in as little as 5 years, 10 months time. It’s opened for worship on 27th December 537 with a big ceremony.
Kept as church for 916 years, The Higha Sophia converted into a mosque in 1453 at the conquest of Istanbul by Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. Then it’s used as a mosque for 482 years.
With the orders of Atatürk and Decision of the Council of Ministers, The Hagia Sophia has opened its doors to visitors as a museum in 1935.