Friday Photo: Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul: church, mosque, and museum.

The Hagia Sophia was first erected in the 4th century during the Byzantine Empire as an Orthodox church. For a few decades in the 13th century, it served as a Roman Catholic church.

In the 15th century, the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople, and turned the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Inspired by the beauty and grandeur of this building, several mosques around the city were built, including the famous Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque).

In 1935, the Republic of Turkey opened the Hagia Sophia to visitor as a museum, where its architectural genius and beautiful Christian and Islamic art are displayed side by side. Amazing!

The Hagia Sophia is definitely one of our favourite buildings on earth.

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8 Responses to “Friday Photo: Hagia Sophia, Istanbul”

  1. Heather
    27 August 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    One of my favorite places I’ve visited :-)
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    • Dina
      31 August 2011 at 1:25 am #

      same with me!

  2. Cheryl Howard
    28 August 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    Beautiful! I’m hoping to visit Istanbul for NYE and will def make this one of my stops.
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  3. Andrea
    29 August 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    We’re going to Istanbul on Saturday and I can’t wait to see this!! So beautiful
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  4. Rajasthan Tours
    20 October 2011 at 1:19 am #

    Amazing and Beautiful! … thanks for sharing

  5. Visiting India
    2 December 2011 at 5:22 am #

    Istanbul is a wonderful place. wow this is nice place. people should go there on trip..

  6. Jim O'Donnell
    5 December 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    Love this place. One of the coolest things are the ruinic graffiti made by Viking members of the Varangian guard. I’ve been reading alot about the Byzantine Empire. One bloody violent group of people – and fascinating.
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  7. ita
    26 January 2012 at 3:51 am #

    Awesome photo,,I just have this mosque’s picture from a postcard from my friend,,

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