Hagia Sophia: Gorgeous Athmosphere
İstanbul: A living miracle. A treasure of thousand years. Byzantines, Ottomans, now Turkish people. Byzantines created a wonderful capital, with full of temples and monuments. Their buildings make you enter the world of fairy tales. You can smell the odour of churches, imagine the people of the 11. century.
One of the most beatiful buildings: Hagia sophia. A great temple, large, tall and wonderful. İt is made in the age of emperor Justinianus. He was a cruel king, but cared much about the monumental buildings, especially churches. He dreamed a church that will make his name to live forever. And he succeed. 10.000 people worked for his dream. Construction lasted five years.
The mosaics inside are wonderful. Theyre precious art works. Every mosaic has a special and religious meaning. And it would be better you see the Hagia Sophia with a tourist guide. He can tell you the mystery of the church. You will learn lots of things about the culture of that age and the Orthodox belief.
İn 1453, Fatih Sultan Mehmet conquered Constantinople, and the name of the wonderful city changed: İstanbul. Fatih turned the church into a mosque. And builded four minarets around Hagia Sophia. They put İslamic tables (Hat, a traditional İslamic art) But, the Christian mosaics are stil there. So, mosaics and İslamic hat art live together in the chuch peacefully.
Buy a Hagia Sophia museum ticket, enter the real fairy tale, smell the odour of the history, enjoy the Byzantine and Ottoman art.