Hagia Sophia

Department Archive
Collection Byzantine Research Fund
Reference No. BRF/02/08/01/001
Level Item
Place Sophia
Scope and Content Distant view. This is a commercial photograph. Creator unknown.
Further information Hagia Sophia is one of the oldest and largest Bulgarian churches. The monument, which is built in cross-design, dates back to the Justinian period (mid- 6th c.). Between the 12th and the 14th c. it functioned as a cathedral, while in the 14th c. it gave its name to the city of Sofia. During the Ottoman occupation it was converted into a mosque. The church suffered severe damage by earthquakes and was restored only after 1900.