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First Haghia Sophia Church

Identification

First Haghia Sophia Church
First St. Sophia Church , First Hagia Sophia Church
139432

Structure in General

low-rise building
demolished [destroyed]

Facts

  • World's largest church between 360 and 404 AD.
  • It was first built in the 4th Century AD and inaugurated in 360. After a fire in 404 it was replaced by the second church which burned again in 532, during the famous Nika Revolt that destroyed much of Constantinople until it was finally suppressed by Belisarius, the legendary general of Justinian The Great. The present church was mainly erected between 532 and 537 during the reign of Justinian.

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Location

Haghia Sophia Square
Istanbul
Marmara Region
Turkey

Technical Data

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404
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