If you look around you will find Christian depictions that give a clear look back at the building's days as a Christian church.
You can't go to Istanbul and not see Hagia Sofia. Really cool inside, very dark though, so pictures don't come out very well.
Aside from the incredible dome and space of Hagia Sophia, the clearest memory of my visit is of the mosaics that managed to survive its time as a mosque.
This was my favorite architectural site. I stayed in here a loooong time. Usual time is 45 minutes or so for most people. I stayed 1.5 hours. I really liked the presence, the feeling of the place.
The place on the floor of the Hagia Sophia, where Bysantine Emperors were coronated. The big circle represents Jesus , and the other 12 little circles arround big one represents 12 Apostols .
Agia Sofia’s most important architectural characteristic is the enlargement of the interior space. The Agia Sofia is the supreme masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. From 1934 it is a museum.
You can see some profiles on this pic , they say those people are : Charles de Gaulle and Kemal Ataturk ( Turkish ex president )
The corner of the St Sophia courtyard is decorated with a special arched entrance, which faces the main entrance to Topkapi Saray, the Sultan's palace.
This is not only the highest dome in Istanbul & Turkey but one of the highest in the whole world at 55.6 m high. Its diameter is 31 m on one axis & 33 m on the other.
One of the greatest architectular achievements in the world with remarkable works of Byzantine art and beautiful mosaics.
Inside the Haghia Sophia you'll find beautiful mosaics like this one of Christ with the emperor and empress. It's a weird building though, with Christian as well as Muslim remains.
When in Istanbul you have to visit the Haga Sophia.
It's a beautiful historical museum, that was once a mosque, a Christian church, a mosque again and finaly to accomodate everyone a museum.
The Basilica of St. Sophia, now called the Ayasofya Museum , is unquestionably one of the finest buildings of all time.
Hagia Sofia is a definate place to see. It has been the place of worship over the centuries for several religions. Inside, you can see a mix of ornamention from both Christian and Islamic styles.
A visit to St. Sophia is a chance to see examples of Byzantine and Islamic art. No longer a mosque, it has been preserved as a museum.