Hagia Sophia

Department Archive
Collection Byzantine Research Fund
Reference No. BRF/02/08/01/002
Level Item
Place Sophia
Scope and Content Close view. 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.