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Süleymaniye Camii

ARCHITECTURE- Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul,, accessed 11/24/2013. A model of the dome style of mosque architecture, inspired by the Hagia Sophia.

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In Turkey, Mosque Gets A Woman's Touch

Sakirin Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey, built 2009 (NPR article, accessed 7/23/15) First mosque designed by women - integrates many traditional aspects of mosques (minarets, domed roof, geometric designs and decoration), while integrating the clean lines of modern architecture

Plan of Hagia Sohpia, Constantinople (Istanbul) (532 - 537 AD) - Domed nave flanked by 2 semi-domes, makes it both linear in plan and square overall. A structural feat in Architecture - Loads are tranferred from the dome and pendentives to the buttresses, and from their to four stone piers, which are themselves buttressed. The semi-domes contribute little the the stability (firmitas) of the building, instead contributing to the 'vestuvas', by providing a linear plan within a square.

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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul - massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture and is said to have "changed the history of architecture." // photo by erhan sasmaz

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Famous Landmarks

The Hagia Sophia church in Turkey, consecrated in 537, was one of the most daring architectural feats of its time. It boasts soaring towers and a massive dome arching 183 feet above the ground.

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10 of the Greatest Domes in Architecture

Great Domes Around the World: Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey