The Hagia Sophia
was turned into a museum accessible to all by the secular founders of modern Turkey in the 1930s and secular Turks are wary of any moves to re-Islamise the building.
Caption: The interior of the Hagia Sophia
Opposite the Hagia Sophia
, is the equally striking Blue Mosque, its instantly recognisable six minarets silhouetted against the sun.
In 2012, vice-prime minister Bulent ArA[+ or -]nc announced that Trabzon's Hagia Sophia
would be opened for prayer as a mosque.
Historic buildings, such as the renowned Byzantine Hagia Sophia
(a former basilica and mosque, now a museum) sit next to sprawling shopping malls, whilst visitors can also enjoy traditional Turkish cuisine, served from one of the many great restaurants with outdoor terraces for al fresco dining.
The historic areas of Istanbul include several architectural masterpieces from the Byzantine and Ottoman periods, such as the sixth-century Hagia Sophia
and the 16th century Suleymaniye mosque.
Acar's exhibits displayed, until now, themes and symbols including caftans, tulips, roses, pomegranates, whirling dervishes, eastern icons, scripts, calligraphic art and beautiful representations of the city of Istanbul with its famous Hagia Sophia
Turned into a museum in 1935 by Kemal Ataturk, the first president of a new and fiercely secular Turkey, Hagia Sophia
still defies all attempts to tame the faith that inspired it.
Pieces from Ottoman Sultans' shrines in the garden of the Hagia Sophia
are among them.
10) Sinan could not have helped but be influenced by the single work of architecture dominating the Istanbul skyline up to the Ottoman period, and one of the greatest churches in all of Christendom: the Church of Hagia Sophia
(Church of the Holy Wisdom), (11) built by Emperor Justinian in 532-527 in what was then Constantinople, and converted to a mosque by Sultan Mehmed II in 1452-1453 C.
The geographic index lists buildings, parks, and monasteries under larger locations, for example Hagia Sophia
is under Constantinople.
The cathedral is said to have been part of Emperor Justinian's inspiration for the Hagia Sophia
Restoration of the Hagia Sophia
museum in Istanbul, Turkey, has revealed the face of a seraph angel mosaic, thought to he more than 700 years old.
The city geared up for this momentous event with extensive restoration work to important sites, including the Hagia Sophia
and the Topkapi Palace, and hosted a plethora of arts and cultural events across the visual arts, music and opera, performing arts, literature, cinema, museums and traditional arts.
MUST SEE: Hagia Sophia
, the main mosque in Istanbul