Hagia Sophia (from the Greek: Ἁγία Σοφία), "Holy Wisdom"; was a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal basilica (church), later an imperial mosque, and now a…
Hagia Sophia is a former Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later imperial mosque, and now museum (Ayasofya Müzesi) in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its construction in 537 until 1453, it served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral and seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople,except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire. The building was a mosque 1453 until 1931. It was opened as a museum in 1935.