Istanbul, which is one of the most valuable cities in Turkey, is also home to many religious groups. Aya Sofya, one of the world’s leading religious buildings, is located in this city. Every year thousands or even millions of local and foreign tourists visit this place.
Hagia Sophia has a very long history. And it was first made in 360 by Constantius (337-361). This corresponds to the first period of Hagia Sophia. And it is considered one of the most important structures of Eastern Rome. Aya Sofya, which was built on this date, is also called as 1st Kile. And he remained a church for a very long time.
Hagia Sophia’s 2nd Revolution is Emperor II. It corresponds to the period of Theodosios (408-450). And in this period, Aya Sofia is now blessed. Most people who come here are called pilgrims. Because Hagia Sophia became a place of religious rites for the Christians. After this date, the status of Hagia Sophia changed very differently.
Haghia Sophia was in church status until 1453. But things have changed. Because during the reign of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, Hagia Sophia became part of the Ottoman Empire, just like Istanbul, and the next day a prayer was opened as a mosque. Today, Hagia Sophia attracts attention as a church, a mosque and a museum style building.
In 1453, the adventure of conversion to the mosque continued for such a long time. And since this date it has become one of the most important figures of the Islamic world. Aya sofya passed a different status during the transition period of the Republic of Turkey in 1923. And since that date it is now used as a museum.
Hagia Sophia is a huge building with very large dimensions. There are thousands of different Roman, Greek, Ottoman and Republican symbols in this structure. Today, millions of people visit every year. Also, entries into the Aya Sofy are possible only after certain protocols are provided.
Aya sofya is an important structure in terms of history, religion and cultural tourism. This kind of interest is due to the fact that it carries traces of all religions and civilizations.