The great Hagia Sophia standing in the heart of the old city part of Istanbul is one of Turkey’s most celebrated landmarks. As one of the country’s top visited tourist attractions, hundreds of people enter it daily to view relics and architecture of two of the most iconic empires.
Beginning life as a Byzantine church and later converted into a mosque, these days the museum belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage site list and is one of the world’s greatest archaeological achievements. Famed for its mighty dome, Islamic calligraphy, and glittering mosaics, its turbulent past earns it instant respect from all religions and occupations
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