Travel Destination: Hagia Sophia

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Hagia Sophia is one of several religious places in Istanbul and the most outstanding. For more than a thousand years, Hagia Sophia was the largest church in the world. The walls are covered in a variety of the finest marbles and intricate mosaics in shades of gold, green, blue, and red and which cover over 200,000 square feet of the interior.

When visiting Hagia Sophia, visitors can also tour the three mausoleums of the Sultan, a baptistery, fountains, and gardens which are all in close proximity.

Hagia Sophia was built in the 6th Century by the Emperor Justinian and is considered to be one of the largest basilicas in the Christian world. It is one of the first masterpieces of Byzantine architecture and is still seen as one of the world’s most significant architectural monuments.

The visiting time period in Hagia Sophia is from 9 am to 4 pm and it remains closed on Mondays. Today, there is no shortage of Christians and this particular church also helps them take refuge if no motel or hotel room is available.

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