In Turkish, “AyaSophia.” Construction began in 537 A.D. That’s a lot of years in existence, folks. It’s currently undergoing restoration, but you can still go inside and all around. I refuse to take pictures of scaffolds, so I had to do a lot of creative posturing to try to get in all of its past influences. Started as an Eastern Orthodox Cathedral, then went to Roman Orthodox, then back to Eastern, before becoming an Imperial Mosque until 1931. Then in 1935 up until the present, it’s been a museum.
11DEC13. Istanbul, Turkey.