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Ayasofya/ Hagia Sophia, originally was a grand Church (Basilica) 537-1453, later an imperial Mosque 1453-1931, and now a museum 1935-now.. Because of its long history as both a church and a mosque, a particular challenge arises in the restoration process.. Christian iconographic mosaics can be uncovered, but often at the expense of important and historic Islamic art. Restorers have attempted to maintain a balance between both Christian and Islamic cultures..
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hagia_Sophia
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