We finally kick off our Day 2 in Istanbul by starting the day tour with the famous and most visited Hagia Sofia.
On our way to Hagia Sofia
Hagia Sofia, named after Holy Wisdom, is a former Orthodox Church later an Islam Mosque, and now a museum. From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, It serves as an Orthodox Church except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931. It was opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.
inside the Hagia Sofia
True on it’s description, Hagia Sofia gives me this rush of feeling of how historical and religious site it is. You will see inside some religious Christianity relics on the wall and some Islamic features such as the mihrab, minbar, and four minarets combine together in a massive, byzantine architectural dome.
Some islam features inside
Picture from the Alley
Photos of some Christian Relics inside
For fellow travellers, this is one of the must see in Istanbul. Entrance costs 25 TL and best time to visit in the morning to avoid rush of tourists.