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The Aya Sofya or as it is called in English, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, was completed in 537 AD by Emperor Justinian as a church and then was converted to a mosque in 1453 by Mehmet the Conqueror.  In 1935 Ataturk proclaimed the mosque a museum.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Lauren Padden)


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The Aya Sofya or as it is called in English, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, was completed in 537 AD by Emperor Justinian as a church and then was converted to a mosque in 1453 by Mehmet the Conqueror. In 1935 Ataturk proclaimed the mosque a museum. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Lauren Padden)

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