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the Hagia Sophia: Focus of Church and Later Mosque

Focus of Church and Later Mosque

The focus of the church and later the mosque, the apse features a mosaic of the Virgin and Child, a mosaic of the Archangel Gabriel, calligraphic Arabic roundels bearing the names of Muhammad (left) and Allah (right), the mihrab (golden crown at lower middle of the photo), and the minbar (pointed top at lower right). Photo © Helen Betts.

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