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Byzantine Monuments

1. Haghia Sophia (Ayasofya)

Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century, Haghia Sophia is one of the world’s greatest architectural achievements. Justinian was so proud of his basilica that he proclaimed: “Glory to God who has thought me worthy to finish this work. Solomon, I have outdone you”.

2. Hippodrome (At Meydanı)

Once a Byzantine race track 450 m (1500 ft) long, the Hippodrome could hold 100,000 people. It was the scene of celebrations and, on occasion, bloodshed; the Nika Riots in 532 ended with 30,000 dead.

3. Cisterns

To ensure good water supply in times both of peace and of siege, the Byzantines ...

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