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Hagia Sophia, Cathedral of

[(hah-gee-uh soh-fee-uh)]

A magnificent cathedral (see also cathedral), sometimes called Santa Sophia or Saint Sophia, in Istanbul, Turkey. Once the central church building of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Hagia Sophia is now a museum. It has an enormous, magnificent dome, and the inside walls are decorated with mosaics.

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Hagia Sophia means “Holy Wisdom,” an Eastern Orthodox title for Jesus.
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