Hagia Sophia in Greek in Sultanahmet, Istanbul is also known as The Church of the Divine Wisdom. This church is one of the most impressive and important buildings ever constructed.
The wide flat dome was a engineering feat in the 6th century, and architects still marvel at the building’s innovations. It is called Ayasofya in Turkish and was built in 537AD on the site of Byzantium’s acropolis by Emperor Justinian.
It has been converted into a mosque being the world’s most impressive building, Mehmet the Conqueror proclaimed it after his conquest of the city from the Byzantines in 1453.
In 1935 it became Istanbul’s most revered mosque, till Ataturk proclaimed it as a museum.
About 30 million gold tesserae -tiny mosaic tiles which cover the church’s interior especially the dome have been recently been restored to its brilliance. The interior is filled with scaffolding for 17 to 20 years now as work is been carried out to preserve the tiles and glory.
The cost of entrance is 30 Tl, as we have the museum card so easier as we don’t have to queue for 2 times for admittance. They are closed on every Monday and some museum closed on every Tuesday so check the opening date as you don’t want to miss it.
Fascinated by the dome as when the sunlight filter into the tiny windows it created a special lighting effect on the dim interior, it make me thinking of, some angels or faeries standing on the top of the dome flying around the dome.
There are lot of tourists or visitors at this museum, we didn’t managed to stay too long in here. Our next destination is the Topkapi Palace but they are closed on Tuesday, we will visit it tomorrow.