Hagia Sophia | Istanbul

Our next stop in Istanbul is the awe-inspiring Church of Holy Wisdom, the famous Hagia Sophia.

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Hagia Sophia started off as a church, afterwards a mosque, and now a museum. Famous for its massive dome, it was the largest cathedral for almost a thousand years. With two previous churches built on the site, the current structure was done around 532 AD, and like the Basilica Cisterns it’s amazing to think that something from that age could still exist so beautifully.

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One of the more famous aspects of the structure are the golden mosaics found on the upper floor. These were actually covered with plaster when the building became a mosque.

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At the end of the tour, we decided to take a break at the courtyard cafe onsite with our good friends Ben & Jerry.

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