Hagia Sophia | Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
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The famous Hagia Sofia in Istanbul (sometimes Anglicized to Aya Sofya) is like a cat with nine lives. It was constructed in 537 as an Eastern Greek Orthodox cathedral in Constantinople...

Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul, Turkey, framed by a door within the Blue Mosque. The museum was closed in July 2020, when the Turkish government converted the Hagia Sophia into use...

Hagia Sophia provides backdrop for Istanbul’s Sultanahmet Park. The park is best seen at night, when the fountain in front of the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site explodes in rainbow colors.

Nuruosmaniye Mosque near the entrance to the Grand Bazaar, shows early Baroque and Rococo influences

Like most visitors, I was overwhelmed by the staggering choice of things to do in Istanbul, Turkey, so I began with the city’s most famous sights. At Sultanahmet Park, I stood...