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Pictured behind these homes/apartments/hotels/carpet shops is the Aya Sophia (the domes and minarest).

Only one of the original Seven Ancient Wonders of the World still exist today (the pyramids in Egypt) so there will be a new list created and this building, the Aya Sophia, is a candidate.

It was once a church, then changed into a mosque, it has been taken out of service around 1950 to become a museum. Luckily the (Christian) mosaics were plastered over and not completely destroyed, so there is some hint of the original decor.

It has been standing for over 1400 years (yes that's right!) and is still seen as a key structure in architecture with its massive unsupported dome.

Here's a link with a few more paragraphs http://www.pilotguides.com/destination_guide/middle_east_and_north_africa/turkey/aya_sophia.php

pedrocarmo, digi-mom heeft deze opmerking als nuttig gemarkeerd

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