I’ve unlocked this essay mostly for people who’ve stopped by from over at Discontents. For access to more essays like this, including FX’s back catalogue, subscribe today: This essay isn’t based on a subscriber request, but since it’s been in the news recently I had the idea to take a brief look at the history of Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, or the Ayasofya Mosque if you prefer. One of the most important buildings ever constructed, both in terms of its prominence and its design, the Hagia Sophia has for nearly 1500 years been the jewel of a city that served as the capital of two massive empires. That’s quite a legacy.
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