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 Pictures from Istanbul (Turkey): Hagia Sophia, Bazaar & Rumelihisari.

Hagia Sophia, in Istanbul (Turkey) - Aerial
Hagia Sophia, in Istanbul (Turkey) - Aerial                                                                                                  © bigloveturkey

Hagia Sophia (Sancta Sophia) is a former Orthodox basilica, later a mosque, now a museum in Istanbul. Hagia Sphia was first the cathedral of the Latin empire. After the Ottoman Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453, the Hagia Sophia was converted into the Ayasofya Mosque. It was secularizedas a museum on 1 February 1935.

Hagia Sophia, in Istanbul (Turkey) - Interior
Hagia Sophia, in Istanbul (Turkey) - Interior                                                                                                 © Istanbul 2010


The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul (Turkey)
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul (Turkey).                                                                                   ©Turkish Tourism Board UK
    

The Grand Bazaar (1461) in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with more than 58 covered streets.


Rumelihisari in Istanbul (Turkey).
Rumelihisari (1451) in Istanbul (Turkey).                                                                                                   © bigloveturkey

Rumelihisari is a fortress located on a hill at the European side of the Bosporus, in Istanbul (Turkey). The fortress was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II in preparation for the conquest of Constantinople.


 

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