Wow and more wow! Those were my thoughts which I believe I said aloud to my friend, Deb, as we walked into the Aya Sofya. It is beautiful, old, ornate, colorful, spectacular. First a church, then a mosque, now more of a museum. I loved seeing the mix of Christianity and Islam. Don't miss this when you go to Istanbul. It is worth every TL you spend on it and any wait in a queue. And don't forget your camera!
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The mosques, palaces, and tombs in Istanbul are so stunningly beautiful. This ceiling was in one of the sultan's tombs next to the Aya Sofya in Istanbul. The detail of the pattern and the vibrant colors make these works of art. It was interesting to me that the entire family of the sultan was buried here, in such a lovely place. If you go to Istanbul, and I would put it on your list as I would all of Turkey, be sure to not only see the Aya Sofya, but also the tombs of the sultans which is right next to the Aya Sofya. Definitely worth it.
Walking into such a famous and grand structure as Aya Sofya, my expectations were high. This nearly 1,700-year-old building has seen the devotion of not just one global religion, but two. The mix of ancient Christian frescoes and enormous Islamic emblems creates a mysterious feeling. Walking the porticos and admiring the intricate painting in Aya Sofya's impressive ceiling is an unforgettable experience.
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