- By Kevin
- On Jan 3, 2018
- Travel Tips
Since the Spring break is coming,have a short vacation in Istanbul is a good choose.Information about the best things to do in Istanbul prepared for you.The Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia Museum are essential,but simply exploring the street traffic and observing daily life here are equally fascinating.
It's said that when the Byzantine Emperor Justinian entered his finished church for the first time in AD 536,he cried out"Glory to God that I have been judged worthy of such a work.Oh Solomon,I have outdone you!"The Aya Sofya(formerly the Hagia Sophia)was the emperor's swaggering statement to the world of the wealth and technical ability of his empire.Tradition maintained that the area surrounding the emperor's throne within the church was the official center of the world.
Through its conversion to a mosque,after the Ottoman armies conquered Constantinople,to its further conversion into a museum in the 20th century,the Aya Sofya has remained one of Istanbul's most cherished landmarks.
Location:Aya Sofya Medanı,Sultanahmet