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aya sophia + blue mosque

January 3, 2013

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The Aya Sophia and Blue Mosque are must sees in Istanbul. About a thirty minute walk from my hostel, I made my way for a visit. The size of these two historical size cannot be captured on film, they are overwhelmingly large. After passing all the tourist shops and local restaurants, I made my way to the Aya Sophia. Originally built from 527-65 AD, the architecture is like nothing found back home. The beautiful domes and fading mosaics makes this building as delicate as it is big. I then headed to the Blue Mosque, right across the street. The grandeur of the Blue Mosque was an intentional decision made by the sultan, to compete with the Aya Sophia. The mosque is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever stepped (bare) foot in. Mystical, peaceful, and quiet are not usually the words associated with a tourist stop, but still an operating mosque it is a moment of quiet in the fast paced Istanbul.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 3, 2013 10:24 am

    Favorite post yet! Those ceilings are amazing

  2. Niki Smith permalink
    January 3, 2013 6:47 pm

    Love the history!

  3. January 3, 2013 8:29 pm

    Truly breathtaking works of art.

  4. February 6, 2013 4:00 am

    Oldies but goldies… Thanks Carole

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