Google and Real Turkey

Özel Arama
I am a citizen of Istanbul and you can find my recommendations regarding what you should do during your stay at Istanbul.

You know, most of the tourists just visit the most popular places and return to their countries without experiencing the real city life.

The objective of my blog is to help you to see the real city life in Istanbul.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Hagia Sophia - old Church and Mosque, now a Museum

Probably Istanbul's most famous landmark, the Hagia Sophia (also spelled Ayasofya) was built by the emperor Justinian I in the year 537 AD. Built in only six years, the structure was designed by the architects Anthemius of Tralles and Isidore of Miletus. On May 7, 558, the dome of the church collapsed due to a December 557 earthquake, and though a new dome was quickly rebuilt, historical records tell us that it was not identical to the original.

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Everyone who come to Istanbul, firstly visit Hagia Sophia. It is holy for christians and muslims. When Ottomans conquered Istanbul in 1453. Hagia Sophia is converted to mosque. After the establishment of Turkish republic, Hagia Sophia became a museum.

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