Built in 537 AD, this is one of the most famous museums and monuments in the world in terms of art and architecture. It was a ... More
Built in 537 AD, this is one of the most famous museums and monuments in the world in terms of art and architecture. It was a church for 916 years and a mosque for 481 years, which was then converted into a museum in 1935. It is an epitome of Byzantian architecture. The massive dome, the large collection of holy relics, the illustrious urn, and the 49-foot silver iconostasis are some of the main attractions in this monument. Hagia Sophia is also believed to be the place which witnessed the beginning of Great Schism.
The traveller should read historical descriptions of the golden age of Hagia Sophia and its glorious interior as a Christian Church before visiting. Only then will the visitor appreciate the degradation the edifice has endured under Muslim-Turkish control. The Church has been allowed to be disrespected and a "bazaar" atmosphere prevails by street merchants and peddlers.
isn't it amazing that a church was turned into a mosque- a rival religion? you can still see the original wall paintings in some places.
it's a bit dark which refelcts the architecture of that time. take it as it is.
you don't need to spend much time there. definitely look around outside too. there's also Sultan Ahmet mosque just across the park to see.
we have visited st. sophia before a month and it was really enjoyable. we have read about it too much before our travel to istanbul but we have seen that it was nothing since we had it with a professional guide and he told us every corner and every detail mucher than we expected.
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I enjoyed watching Ayasofya from the outside , in the morning and late evening . It was a wonderful and fun experience .
It was well preserved and maintained . Visitors from all over the world made the surrounding more lively.
I do plan to come back again .
I loved this place. So full of history & culture. For me, it was amazing to see a building that was once a Christian church, then when the Ottoman's took over Istanbul an Islamic mosque & now a museum that shows the history of both religions. The Christian mosaics are not to be missed. Beautiful and elegant are words that come to mind. When I think back on my time in Istanbul, Hagia Sophia is the first image that comes to mind. To me, this building is just awe inspiring. As a quick side note, this building was built in the year 360. This museum is 1000 years older than the Sistine chapel in Rome and I was walking inside of it. Incredible!
I think there is no other place like Istambul to enjoy the mixture of cultures and of power. Inside Haya Sophia you will find an old mosque that is now a museum. It's like 10lira to enter the place. Worth the time and money.
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