It's a Church. It's a Mosque. It's Hagia Sophia

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The artistic intricacies of the Hagia Sophia are highlighted and creatively woven together with illustrations of its rich history in this engaging, animated video. Viewers will take a close look at highlights of the engineering marvel, such as the columns, mosaics, and minarets, and how those features reflect major historical events in the building's history.

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  • Prompt learners to identify a different architectural structure in the world and to research how its artistic features also reflect major historical events

  • Beautiful graphics and animations to illustrate historical events
  • Illustrates historical progression from the Byzantium period through the establishment of the city of Constantinople and up to the building's secularization and modern role as a museum

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