Hagia Sofia (Aya Sofia) is Turkey’s greatest architechtural marvel. The current edifice was built in the 5th Century AD by Emperor Justinian in Constantinople, capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. It was the largest church in Christendom for 1000 years. Built with pillars from the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, it served as a church, and then was converted to a mosque during Ottoman rule. It is now museum.
Students, faculty and alumni from Palm Beach Atlantic University are in Istanbul, Turkey for a tour of historical sites May 14 – May 25, 2009. They are on Honors Study Travel program.
Photo by Denise McGill