The magnificent Aya Sofya

Undoubtedly, one of the greatest places of worship in history is the Aya Sofya, also known as Hagia Sophia or “Church of the Holy Wisdom.” Located in ─░stanbul, the church is visited by over two million tourists a year. Terry Richardson of Today's Zaman offers a history. (photo)

Constructed in the early 6th century by Emperor Justinian, the Aya Sofya was converted to a mosque in the 15th century by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror. Today the building is a museum.