Hagia Sophia Tours – Istanbul, Turkey
About this place
Hagia Sophia is one of the most known religious sites in Istanbul. It has a long history full of transformations due to the political and religious changes that happened over time. It is important to emphasize that it was built as early as in 360 and at that time was dedicated and used as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral. It was even used as a Roman Catholic cathedral during some fifty years in the first half of the 13th century. It was transformed into a mosque in 1453 and it was used as such until 1931. Since 1935 it is used as a museum.
As you can imagine, all these transformations and influences from different countries left its trace and today one can enjoy in seeing the magnificent blend. This is more important when you take into consideration that two great empires, Byzantine and Ottoman both left their characteristic architectural elements.
Tours That Go to Hagia Sophia
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