Istanbul's Hagia Sophia: A disaster waiting to happen Videos

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Istanbul's Hagia Sophia: A disaster waiting to happen

Even before they have erected the first stone, Justinian’s architects are in trouble. They have miscalculated the load-bearing properties of their giant structural piers, and if they go ahead with their plans, the new church is in real danger of collapse. And that’s not all. Many of the features of Justinian’s new cathedral are made of stone. This will add to the weight of the building, putting even more pressure on the overloaded structure. Hagia Sophia is a disaster waiting to happen.

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