The Byzantine Relics Of Istanbul
The Monuments of Istanbul from The Byzantine Era; The ex-Christian churches which were converted to the mosque and today some of them are used as Museums; also World Heritage Buildings.
After the Fall of the Western Roman Empire, in Constantinople, another rich and famous era started, under the name: The Byzantium;(4th. century – 1453) Constantinople, became the Capital Town of the Eastern Roman Empire. Today in Istanbul, we have many remainings from that Greek Orthodox; Byzantine Era. Mostly The Ex-Churches were converted to mosques. Let’s discover together some of these Byzantine Relics of Istanbul.
1) Hagia Sophia - Holy Wisdom - Sancta Sophia - Ayasofya
Ayasofya is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul. From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, it served as the Greek Patriarchal cathedral of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Patriarch of Constantinople of the Western Crusader established Latin Empire. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931, when it was secularized.It was opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.