Friday, November 9, 2012


After Topkapi palace we walked to the Hagia Sophia museum.  Since its dedication in 360 A.D., it has served as a Catholic church(both Roman and Eastern Orthodox) a Mosque and now a museum.  This is the third church built on this site.  The first two were burned during riots.  The existing building was built by Emperor Justinian in 527.  It is huge and unfortunately I didn't have a lot of time to explore.

 Sign at the entrance.
 Ceiling of the foyer before entering the church.
 At this point my camera died and the rest of these pictures were taken on my cell phone.
The interior
A different angle.

A little closer.

Scene over a door.

Scene over the door leaving the church.

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