Example 148: Byzantine religious structure, now a museum

[Note: A fuller record for example number 148 can be seen at http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/standards/cdwa/examples/116_

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Work Record
Class [controlled]: • architecture • Byzantine art
*Work Type [link]: • church • mosque • museum
*Title/Name: Hagia Sophia Title Type: preferred
*Title/Name: Church Of The Holy Wisdom Title Type: alternate
*Title/Name: Ayasofya Title Type: alternate
*Title/Name: Santa Sofia Title Type: alternate
*Creator Display: Isidoros of Miletus (Asia Minor, active mid-6th century) and Anthemius of Tralles (Asia Minor, ca. 474-ca. 534)
*Role [cont.]: architect [link]: Isidoros of Miletus
*Role [cont.]: architect [link]: Anthemius of Tralles  
*Creation Date Display:  church was built 532 to 537 and the dome replaced in 563 after an earthquake [controlled]: Earliest: 0532 Latest: 0563
*Subject [links]: • architecture • religion and mythology • Holy Wisdom (Christian iconography) • worship • mosques • museums • basilicas
Style: [links]: Byzantine
Culture [link]: Byzantine
*Current Location [link]: Istanbul (Turkey)
*Measurements: central dome with half-domes: 32.6 (width) x 68.6 m (length) (107 x 225 feet)
[controlled] Extent: dome Value: 32.6 Unit: m Type: width | Value: 68.6 Unit: m Type: length
*Materials and Techniques: system bearing masonry, centralized plan
Material [links]: • masonry Technique [links]: • load bearing walls • centralized plan
Description: From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, it served as the cathedral of Constantinople except between 1204 and 1261, when it was the cathedral of the Latin empire. The building was a mosque from 23 May 1453 until 1934, when it was secularized; it was opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.
Description Source [links]: Encyclopaedia Britannica Online (accessed 6 August, 2006).

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