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St Sophia

Line breaks: St So¦phia
Pronunciation: /səˈfiːə
 
, -ˈfʌɪə/

Definition of St Sophia in English:

The key monument of Byzantine architecture, originally a church, at Istanbul. Built by order of Justinian and inaugurated in 537, it was converted into a mosque after the Turkish invasion of 1453. In 1935 Atatürk declared it a museum. Also called Hagia Sophia, Santa Sophia.

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