Hagia Sophia is a former Orthodox basilica that later grew to become a mosque, and is now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. From the within, I might have mentioned it was a mosque, however the present Turkish authorities has strictly prohibited the constructing from getting used as a spot of worship.
I visited the constructing as we speak, paid my 25 Turkish Lira to get inside after which spent slightly over and hour strolling round and taking photos. As a result of the place is marketed as a museum I assumed there could be extra to the place. As an alternative, I discovered only one large constructing constructed out of columns, domes and some spectacular mosaics. There have been additionally various small present retailers scattered all through the construction.
Journey tip: No, you don’t must put on lengthy pants to get into Hagia Sophia. And sure, you’ll be able to take pictures contained in the constructing.