I’d been dreaming of visiting this place for so so soo long. This building intrigued me because of its incredible scale, it seemed like a mountain of a building. The huge medallions that sit at either corner of the main dome themselves dwarf the people within the space. At the time of its construction, it was the largest cathedral in the world and is still to this day the epitome of Byzantine architecture. Built originally as a basilica, then used as a Mosque, it is now a museum that attracts millions of visitors every year.
One of the most powerful moments is in the late afternoon when the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia do the call to prayer together. Take an afternoon break in Sultahnahment square and catch the beautiful ritual.