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Photographs of the Aya Sophia in Istanbul Turkey. Some of the heavy abutment work added to stabilize the building over the centuries.

The dome isn't supported directly underneath by columns, giving the interior a huge sense of huge space. Instead, the load is spread out through the walls, which eventually started to crack, bulge and buckle. Still, quite a trick for 537 A.D.

Earthquakes are common here, but the reinforcements have, largely, stood the test of time.

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