We started the day with Turkish breakfast and the gorgeous view for the second time and it was just like the first day. A girl can get used to this. 🙂
Afterwards, we headed over to the Hagia Sophia where it felt as though thousands of other tourists were just as eager to see the beautiful museum and former church and mosque. The Hagia Sophia is not named after someone, but translates to the Church of Holy Wisdom. The large and beautiful structure we see today is due to Justinian (527-565) trying to out do King Solomon. The structure now stands as a symbol for Greek Orthodox, Catholics, and Muslims. A place for all to share. The Greek Orthodox claim that the dome is carried by angels and that the church/mosque will last for all eternity.
The museum was a Christian church for 916 years and then converted into a mosque for 481 years. So in a nut shell, gorgeous mosaics and art pieces can be found beneath the converted walls of the mosque. The angels that rest at the top of the what seems to be 1/8 of a mile high dome were covered with feathers. One of the faces is now exposed.
There was a hole in one of the pillars and it is said that if you place your thumb in it and are able to make a full circle with the rotation of your hand, your wish would come true. Am I wrong for not falling for that one? It’s kinda like telling someone to lick their elbow. :-p So many lined up to place their thumb in the holy hole, so I missed out on the picture, but I’ll be sure to add one later if someone else caught it.
After the Hagia Sophia, we went to lunch. Then it was off to the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum. This museum was former home to Solomon (Sulieman) the Magnificent. The museum has a very unique exhibit on the history of textiles (dying and weaving).