Other historical landmarks visited included Hagia Sophia
; Topkapi Palace and the Theodosius Cistern.
truly is one of the world's most-remarkable buildings and it's at this point that we must have a whistle-stop tour of Istanbul's story to understand the city and its significance.
Built in 532AD in ancient Constantinople - today Istanbul in Turkey - the Hagia Sophia
is the crowning masterpiece of Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian the Great.
1 / 2 Sultanahmet is a UNESCO world heritage site and home to both the Hagia Sophia
and The Blue Mosque, above.
Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday Istanbul's Hagia Sophia
should be re-titled as a mosque instead of a museum after Sunday's elections, but did not say whether the status of the landmark site would be changed.
ANKARA: Istanbul's Hagia Sophia
museum will be converted back into a mosque, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday.Ayasofya (Haghia Sophia) will no longer be called a museum.
may function as a mosque-museum, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said,Trendreports with reference to the Turkish media.
For example, in one room models of Hagia Sophia
and the Colosseum are placed side by side.
On this occasion, Sofia Municipality will celebrate the solemn sanctuary and raise the flag of the city in front of the Hagia Sophia
in 11.30 and continue with concerts in the square against the Halite.
Mosques like the Hagia Sophia
began life as churches, as the name suggests, which were converted by the Ottomans by adding a mimbar and some Quranic calligraphy.
Their topics include on the threshold: </Paul the Silentiary's> ekphrasis of Hagia Sophia
, from taboo to icon: the entrance to and the exit from the church in the first three Greek liturgical commentaries (about 500-730 CE), the paradise of Saint Peter's, the door to the sanctuary from Paulinus of Nola to Gregory of Tours: enduring characteristics and evolutions from the Theodosian to the Merovingian periods, and filters of light: Greek temple doors as portals of epiphany.
At the top of Istanbul's must-sees are two immense domed buildings, both breathtaking - the Hagia Sophia
and the Blue Mosque.