Agia Sophia - Ayasofya, Istanbul

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    HAGIA SOPHIA (AYASOFYA) - INTERIOR

    by Ivana5 Written Mar 5, 2005

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

    Christian depictions
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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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    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.

    a mosaic at Hagia Sophia
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    Aya Sofya: Completed AD 537

    by travelightly Written May 29, 2004

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    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 remodeling begins!
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    Hagia Sophia

    by goga4444 Updated Dec 1, 2003

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    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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    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.

    Grand Gate, St Sophia
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    Dome

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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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    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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