The Hagia Sophia, a thousand years, the largest enclosed space in the world,
Still seen as one of the world’s most important architectural.
It is one of Turkey’s popular attractions, because of its size, architecture, mosaics and art.
For 916 years it was a church, then it became a mosque for 481 years, and since 1935 it has been a museum.
History of the Hagia Sophia
Nothing remains of the original Hagia Sophia, was built in the fourth century by Constantine the Great.
Constantine was first Christian emperor and founder of the city of Constantinople, which he called "the New Rome."
The Hagia Sophia was one of several great churches he built in important cities throughout his empire.
Following the destruction of Constantine's church, a 2 nd was built by his son Constantius and the emperor Theodosius the Great.
2 nd church was burnt down during the Nika riots of 532, though parts have been found and can still be seen today.
At the western and eastern ends, the arched openings are extended out by semi-domes. The flat wall on each side of the interior (north and south) is called a tympanum, and each one has 12 large windows. Interior Design of the Hagia Sophia
It is the largest Buddha statue in the world!
It is 34 meters high and weighs 250 tonnes!
To reach the top you have to
climb 268 steps!
Big Buddha Lantau Island
Constructed in 1990
Finished on December 29, 1993, (the birthday of Buddha).
Made out of 202 separate pieces of bronze.
strong steel inside support the heavy load and wind pressure.
Monks from around the world were invited ceremony.
History of the Big Buddha
Collegiate Church of St Peter, Westminster
Coronation and burial Site for English monarchs.
Owned directly by the royal family.
Final resting place of seventeen monarchs.
Westminster Abbey has more than a thousand years of history. Monks first came to this site in the middle of the tenth century, establishing a tradition of daily worship which continues to this day.
Westminster Abbey, coronation church, 1066, is resting place for seventeen monarchs.
It has held weddings and funerals of most of the kings and queens of England.
History of the abbey started at around 1050.
King Edward The Confessor build an abbey.
Only a small part original built in 1065, survived.
The rest was built in 1245-1272, 1503-1512, 1745-1758 and the last part was built in the late 19 th century