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Second Haghia Sophia Church

Identification

Second Haghia Sophia Church
Second St. Sophia Church , Second Hagia Sophia Church
139433

Structure in General

low-rise building
demolished [destroyed]

Facts

  • The first Haghia Sophia Church was 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.
  • World's largest church between 404 and 532 AD.

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Location

Haghia Sophia Square
Istanbul
Marmara Region
Turkey

Technical Data

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532
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