Saturday, May 24, 2008

Hagia Sofia

With time to spare before leaving Istanbul we visited the Hagia Sofia Muesum. This was previously a Christian basilica but with the decline of the Roman Empire, the rise of Islam, a fire and some redesign and reconstruction work along the way that is no longer obvious. Internal renovation is ongoing and scaffolding extends to the dome and from the look of things will be there for some time yet. From the outside the building is magnificent and this is simply magnified as you take in the internal features. It is hard to imagine that this building started out almost 2000 years ago as a place of Christian worship.

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