Agia Sophia - Ayasofya, Istanbul

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    HAGIA SOPHIA (AYASOFYA) - INTERIOR

    by Ivana5 Written Mar 5, 2005

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    Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) - postcard

    * Unfortunately, we didn’t get the chance to see inside of Hagia Sophia, because it was Monday, and on Mondays it doesn’t work (this is postcard I have bought).

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    Just beautiful

    by obcbreeze Written Nov 7, 2004

    Breathtaking, beautiful. Words really can't describe the history that you will encounter. Take your time and explore

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    In Aya Sofia---Christian Depictions

    by pabertra Updated Oct 29, 2004

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    Christian depictions

    If you look around you will find Christian depictions that give a clear look back at the building's days as a Christian church.

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  • Hagia Sofia

    by WillAntoniou Written Sep 1, 2004

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    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.

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    The mosaics at Hagia Sophia

    by shrimp56 Written Jun 21, 2004

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    a mosaic at Hagia Sophia

    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.

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    Aya Sofya: Completed AD 537

    by travelightly Written May 29, 2004

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    The remodeling begins!

    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.

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    Hagia Sophia

    by goga4444 Updated Dec 1, 2003

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    Hagia Sophia

    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 .

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    The interior of Agia Sofia

    by Aggeliki Updated Apr 16, 2003

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    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.

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    Hagia Sophia

    by goga4444 Updated Feb 28, 2003

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    You can see some profiles on this pic , they say those people are : Charles de Gaulle and Kemal Ataturk ( Turkish ex president )

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    Sultan's Entrance

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 26, 2003

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    Grand Gate, St Sophia

    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.

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    Dome

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Hagia Sophia - Dome

    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.

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    Haghia Sophia

    by mardaska Written Sep 9, 2002

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    One of the greatest architectular achievements in the world with remarkable works of Byzantine art and beautiful mosaics.

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    Haghia Sophia

    by adinda Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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  • When in Istanbul you have to...

    by divadsirrah Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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  • Ayasofya MuseumThe Basilica...

    by Guttvik79 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Ayasofya Museum
    The Basilica of St. Sophia, now called the Ayasofya Museum , is unquestionably one of the finest buildings of all time.

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