Hagia Sophia – Istanbul, Turkey – Photo

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Hagia Sophia - Istanbul, Turkey

I was asked recently about my favorite buildings in the world and Hagia Sophia in old Istanbul has to be on that list. It was built in the 800s to replace an older church of the same name. In the 1400s after the conquest of Constantinople by the Turks it became a mosque but it also became a template for the Ottoman mosques such as the Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque) which was built across from it. The light and the scale are the most memorable aspects of Hagia Sophia, but it also still has some wonderful Byzantine mosaics.

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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

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Camels & Chocolate

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Wow. Beautiful shot. One of my greatest regrets from my 1.5 years living in Europe is that I never made it to Istanbul. One day…though from California, it’s significantly harder!

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