Travel with me #121 : The Hagia Sophia, Istanbul!

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Dear Steemit Friends:

Welcome to another blog post of mine! I can't wait to connect with all of you and hope you really enjoy what I have in store for you today. You'll not believe just how amazing the landmark is that we are going to explore together. Located in Istanbul in Turkey, this iconic building has to be seen to be believed. I really hope that my photography can help you experience this beautiful landmark the same way that I did.

What is this amazing place called? Hagia Sophia. Stay right to the end to see it as you've never experienced it before!




Right next to the Blue Mosque that we saw in my last post, the imposing Hagia Sophia has a long, rich and colourful history. 'Hagia Sophia' is derived from the Greek for Holy Wisdom, which reflects its roots as a Greek Orthodox Christian cathedral. First built in 537 AD, it was the largest building in the world at the time.

You can see has a very distinct dome shape, which was particularly unique at the time. Though we now see this dome shape often in Islamic architecture, this building style wasn't always as common. When first built, Hagia Sofia would have been truly unique. The dome shape only became widely synonymous with Muslim architecture during the Ottoman empire, when the Sultans realised that a unified religious architecture would help unify the empire. They chose the dome shape to be one of their iconic structural shapes and they are now founds all over the world where Muslims worship.




For 900 years Hagia Sophia was an orthodox cathedral and served as an important place of worship and religious governance until 1453 when it then became a mosque under the Ottoman empire. Amazingly, it is even larger than the Blue Mosque even though the mosque was built 1000 years later. It truly is a wonder of design and architecture for a building so old. It inspires and dominates the skyline even now, so in 537 AD it must have left those who visited it in complete awe.




Hagia Sophia is mostly built from small bricks and mortal, which makes it look to me a bit more rustic than buildings cut from large stone blocks. A bit like someone started off wanting to build a house and then just forgot to stop building! It only took five years to build, and replaced another church on the same site. That church was constructed mostly of wood, and thus it burned down to the ground in 532 AD. Emperor Justinian the 1st immediately commissioned the construction of a new church on the site, which was to become Hafia Sophia as we know it today.



An amazing feat of engineering, historical records tell us that construction took over 10,000 workers to build. Unfortunately, only 35 years later the dome suffered damage after a major earthquake, and collapsed in 558. Historians believe the collapse was blamed on the dome being too 'flat'. The emperor commissioned an architect named Isidorus to fix the roof. He used lighter materials and increased the arch of the roof to create a stronger shape. This dome has now stood since 560 AD!




Hagia Sophia's 82m length and 73m width isn't just comprised of the main dome. There are also additional structures and buildings that make up the entire area. I found walking around the building, not just seeing the standard front view, to be fascinating.

Venturing inside the majestic domes of Hagia Sophia


Venturing inside, I was as impressed with the beautiful interior as much as the exterior. The building is no longer a centre for religious activities as it has been for thousands of years - it is now a museum. This means that elements from both Christian and Muslim history have been preserved within, making it a fascinating place to explore.




I knew that Hagia Sofia was famous for its great columns and mosaics, but I don't think anything can prepare you for the scale and complexity of them. The vaulted dome ceilings, with the soaring columns, look more like the inside of a cathedral. However, that symbolism is then mixed in with many different elements from the Islamic history of the building. It makes for a truly unique mix of different designs found together in very few places in the world.

The gold on the mosaic in the vaulted dome above makes the ceiling seem to almost glow, shining a beautiful golden light down onto those of us standing below.




From the outside, the central dome dominates your focus. Inside, however, you realise that there are in fact multiple domes that interconnect. Each one is decorated different to the other, with gold colours and religious imagery being the most common colours and motifs. Holding up the massive ceiling are the beautifully stacked, carved and decorated columns. Standing under the 55m central dome, admiring the immensity of Hagia Sophia, I did feel very small and humbled.



Stop! Look very carefully. I wasn't just taking photos of a bunch of random people... I found a fury friend, in the last place I'd have expected! Up at the front of the giant ex cathedral I noticed the cutest little cat. He looked like he had positioned himself in front of the crowd, ready to give a speech! Perhaps he is the caretaker of the building and wanted to address the gathered crowd about the proper conduct while visiting.

He looked completely un-concerned by his upcoming public address, but I thought I was worried he might run off if I approached him too quickly. I did hang back for a bit, my eyes drawn between wanting to admire the majestic domes and columns further, and wanting to go and meet The Caretaker. I decided that the building had already been standing for well over 1000 years, so it would probably still be there in a few minutes after I'd gone and made a new friend.


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I got a little bit closer to 'The Caretaker', and after he had meowed his instructions to the waiting crowd, I wanted to go and meet him. He seemed like such a friendly little cat and I knew he must be quite used to visitors. I think he knew how cute he was as he was almost posing for the camera!

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I loved making a new little furry friend. He must get looked after very well by tourists. As much as I joke about him being The Caretaker, I did wonder if he was a stray that just wanders into the building through some secret entrance each day, or if he belongs to the museum. He seemed completely un-phased by all of the people around him, though he was quite timid when coming to get food. Because of that I suspected that he was a stray, because he had 'street' instincts, but must have visited regularly. What a beautiful little man! So good to meet him. I knew he'd be supervising all of the tourists in Hagia Sophia and making sure we all enjoyed ourselves.



As you can see from the photo here, there was some pretty extensive restoration work going on during my visit. In such an old building it is essential that the structure is kept strong and safe for all of the visitors, and the preservation of such a landmark. This is especially important since the the history of Hagia Sophia is marked by regular earthquakes and earthquake damage. The building is a UNESCO world heritage site and has seen extensive renovations since receiving the prestigious status in 1993.

On top of that, there's the priceless art that adorns every surface of the building's walls and ceilings. Everything from the sun to damp to tourists can cause damage to these pieces of work. They could never be replaced so they must be restored. The museum does a great and unending job of maintaining the splendour of the building.

Let's take a closer look...


Within the walls of Hagia Sophia there is so much to see, all of which is extremely interesting and spectacular. In this section I want to take you on a little tour of all of the little details that I noticed within the museum to give you a better sense of the place. For example, look at these amazing chandeliers that are found suspended from the huge domed roofs, providing light and a sense of grandeur to the already majestic space.



Some areas are so fragile that tourists can't go near them or walk on them because they could suffer damage or general wear overtime. I also wished I could have read what some of the amazing text said. The art and style are so beautiful but I had no sense of the meaning. Can anyone help me out with the meaning behind the large text and symbols on the giant circular green paintings in the photo here?



Close up of another beautiful chandelier with the incredible colours of the ceiling behind





Me for scale to show how large this light was!




Holding up many areas of the ceiling were columns, but not just boring stone columns. Even these were ornately decorated, and as you can see behind me here, plenty of gold still featured here too. I loved the contrast between the white stone columns and the gold coloured metal dividers separating this private area of the cathedral/mosque/museum off.


Even the doors are massive, as you can see here! In ancient times, the cathedral served as a place of safety for those fleeing persecution. By law, the religious status of the building allowed it to be safe from attackers and anyone seeking to do harm on people. Many people harboured themselves safely here over the years, and perhaps these really big doors helped keep them safe too!




Some of the mosaics that adorn the vaulted ceilings



This doorway was fascinating. At one time, it looked like it had actually been a door, but the door had been replaced with a stone carving. Next to the large door stood a smaller door, which still had an opening. I wondered at what point in history the door had been removed, and replaced by a carving? Why close the door up, and if you needed to, why not just put a wall instead of a fake door? The carving was so good that from a distance it just looked like a normal door.

Has anyone else ever come across doors that were carved but not real doors? Do you know why this might have been done? Let me know in the comments below!



Some of the most famous art works within the museum were the mosaics. These mosaics were incredibly intricate and are some of the greatest surviving examples of such art work in the world. Most of these exhibits were found in the upper gallery of the building and as can be seen from the photos, many of them are incomplete. This is because over time there has been many different natural events as well as simple time, that has caused damage to these beautiful works. The museum, however, now takes great pains to preserve the historic works.







Above in the bottom left is one of the most famous mosaics. It shows a triumphant infant Jesus, next to John the Baptist.




A different depiction of the same scene as above







You could spend literally hours searching through the halls, galleries and central chambers of Hagia Sophia. There is art, architecture and beauty, every place you look. The range of different eras that are represented here reflect the long long history of the place. According to experts, there are still areas below the church that have not been fully explored. They are submerged under water and are currently inaccessible. In the adjacent buildings there are buried the remains of five different Sultans of the Ottoman empire, so imagine what secrets could be buried in the tunnels below the museum. I'd love to find out!


Getting a crazy Uber around Turkey's largest city


After hours exploring Hagia Sophia it was time to reward myself with a big dinner! I decided to head back to Istinye Park, a huge shopping centre in Istanbul that I have taken you to see with me before. Last time we had some amazing French food in a funky bright cafe, but this time I thought I'd try something a little more casual. It was quite a way away so I decided to call myself an Uber to take me there, and you'll never guess what turned up...



Cruising through the massive city of Istanbul, a city of over 15 million people, I had some amazing views of the city. But I also had some amazing views inside too! Just look at these cream leather seats! This was the most crazy Uber that I had ever been it. I couldn't believe that this was basically a 'taxi'! However, I discovered later in my trip that this wasn't a one off lucky chance. Over the course of my stay in Istanbul I used many different Ubers and found that this style of Uber was almost the normal type! Just look at some of these other crazy cabs that I took.



This one had a giant light on the ceiling, like an ornate painting, as if we were in a Las Vegas casino, complete with red lighting all around!



Racing red seats and brown leather seats to match my shoes!



Getting some casual food after a long day in Istinye Park




Istinye Park is what I would consider a mega shopping centre. It has over 300 stores, four levels of underground parking just for the shopping centre, and 85,000m² of retail area. It even has an open air area complete with park and dozens of restaurants. First opened in 2007, it has become a massive attraction for both tourists and locals alike.



The design of the building is amazing. It's absolutely huge and has everything from trees to a waterfall inside the massive glass arched roofs. Having been here before and having eyed up a few different places to eat, I didn't take long to look around. I needed to get some food in my tummy, because I was hungry!



I settled on Gunaydin Steakhouse because it looked like somewhere I could get some food, quick! With a range of different foods, and plenty of meat on the menu, it wasn't hard to pick a bunch of different dishes to satisfy my taste buds.



Half restaurant, half fast food canteen, it still had a great vibe. I felt like of like I was in a food court, that you get in these big shopping centres, but Gunaydin Steakhouse had its own little section off to the side with its own tables and decorations. You still ordered your food up at the counter and took it to your table, though, as you would in a food court.






Since it was a steak house I definitely had to order some meat. So I got some beef as well as some beautiful side dishes and soup. I loved the side salads with the big serving of meat, so I felt quite virtuous (as well as really full). The desserts were a little bit... pre-made. They tasted OK but you could tell they had perhaps been made the day before or had been sitting there for a long time. With that said, they were still pretty good after a long day of sight seeing!




As you can tell... I was pretty hungry! That's the smile of a full tummy


I hope so much that you enjoyed this epic post about the amazing Hagia Sophia. I told you you would see shots of this historic building, like you'd never seen before. And here they are. On my way back home after dinner, I saw the sun setting and since I was passing close to the historic landmark, I wanted to go and see it in the orange sunlight.

The view was even better than in the day. The rays of sun bouncing off the red stone brick made it look even more massive and beautiful. I had to get the drone out to see it in all its glory. There are few places that you will ever see shots like these of the ancient Byzantine cathedral. You, Steemit friends, are very lucky, as was I when I managed to get the shots with such perfect light and timing.

I can't believe I have come to the end of another post. Reliving my time at this stunning building has been really special and I hope you can appreciate and see the splendour of this building. I asked a few questions in the post - if you know the answer to them, comment down below! If you enjoyed the article or some particular photos, I'd also love to hear from you. Also, if you like content like this, and you want to keep supporting Steemit, then please do give me a follow so you don't miss any future posts and stay part of my community with me! I love all of my followers and love hearing from you all.

Have a great day, all of you, and I'll leave you with these final shots of this beautiful place that I am so humbled to have visited.



Check out my video with some aerial footage!


亲爱的朋友们,好久不见啦,今天我迫不及待地想和大家继续分享我在伊斯坦布尔另一段奇妙的旅程,大家准备好了没。现在就跟上我的脚步,一起去往童话般的伊斯坦布尔地标建筑——圣索菲亚大教堂吧。伊斯坦布尔自古就担当着“文化大熔炉”的角色,它吸收多元文化的能力甚至可以与纽约相媲美,而圣索菲亚大教堂绝对是最能体现文化大融合的地标。站在伊斯坦布尔老城区酒店的天台,登高望远,左手圣索菲亚大教堂,右手蓝色清真寺,在这里可以深深体验到伊斯坦布尔这座城市的文化包容性,因为你会奇妙的发现圣索菲亚大教堂和蓝色清真寺仅仅隔了一条马路,但这两种截然不同的文化信仰却从未有过宗教冲突,也可以平和安逸的融入在伊斯坦布尔老城区的美景之中。在上一篇里,我们一起去领略了神圣的蓝色清真寺,现在我们就一起去探索一下它的邻居,这座绝美的东罗马时代建筑杰作,世界上唯一的“混血教堂”。

历尽劫难的“混血大教堂”

拥有1500年悠久历史的圣索菲亚大教堂,同样拥有着像蓝色清真寺一样丰厚的文化历史渊源。“索菲亚”源自希腊语里圣神智慧的意思,这座上帝圣智教堂正是供奉了正教神学里的耶稣。关于这座教堂的建成,也辗转出了不少故事。在这座教堂伫立的地点上,其实曾经存在过两座被暴乱摧毁的教堂,还好拜占庭皇帝查士丁尼一世下令建造的第三座教堂永远的留存了下来,可以说是一波三折呀,这座教堂就是如今竖立在我们面前的圣索菲亚大教堂,这座大教堂直到1519年被塞维利亚主教堂取代之前,一直都是世界上最大的教堂。在临近大教堂的路上,有一条悠长的轨道,不时看见有轨电车缓缓的经过大教堂,仿佛把我带入了童话世界,沉浸在浪漫复古的情调里。纵观这座迷人建筑的历史,可以说它在数百年起起伏伏中经历着坎坷的命运,其间饱受了大地震的毁灭性侵害,见证了帝国加冕仪式的辉煌盛况,遭受摧毁圣像运动和大火的破坏,甚至在十字军东征期间被拉丁基督徒洗劫和亵渎。

在1453年穆罕默德一世占领君士坦丁堡(并改名为伊斯坦布尔)之后,便给基督教堂圣索菲亚加了四个宣礼塔,从此这座建筑的神秘身份便由教堂正式转换为阿亚索菲亚清真寺。这也是世界上唯一由神庙改建为教堂、并由教堂改造的清真寺,一座拥有奇幻“人生”的建筑。更意想不到的是,这座建筑被沿用至今的身份其实是博物馆,1935年,第一任土耳其总统及土耳其国父将圣索菲亚大教堂变成博物馆,1985年,圣索菲亚大教堂所在的伊斯坦布尔文化老城区被联合国教科文组织选为世界文化遗产。1996年至1998年,博物馆还被世界文化遗产基金会选为百大濒危遗产。你可能会好奇,历经了数不尽的劫难,如今的教堂是如何以如此完美的形象展示在世人面前的。我想大概要感谢每一段时期,教堂的主人都未曾放弃过对于建筑的修复工作。随着伊斯坦布尔当选为2010年的欧洲文化之都,对大教堂的修复工作也被重新提上议程。这一次来参观的时候,我就正好赶上教堂修复,见到了重达160吨的脚手架矗立于教堂中央的场景。

走进教堂

纵观这座粉色的教堂,它巨大的圆顶非常吸引眼球,当年的建筑师们采用了希腊的理论,在硕大的空间之上构造了巨大的圆顶。据说这座大教堂也是因为这个圆顶而闻名于世,它的突出成就在于创造了以帆拱上的穹顶为中心的复杂拱券结构平衡体系,因此这座教堂也成为了改变建筑史的拜占庭建筑典范。作为在这片土地建造的第三个教堂,它从风格上就与前两个迥然不同,视觉上也愈发的雄伟壮观。圆顶形状一直是伊斯兰建筑的代名词,是最常见且最标志性的清真寺结构形状。从地面和空中凝视这个独特的教堂圆顶,你都会发现它似乎不同于我们经常在伊斯兰建筑中见到的圆顶形状,这个不寻常的圆顶让这座建筑变得独一无二。

走进教堂,令我惊讶的是这座教堂比蓝色清真寺还要大,据说这座教堂每年可以接待250万的外国游客,放眼望去巨大的教堂主殿灯火辉煌。最夺目的就是这一盏盏悬挂于半空的吊灯,排成了花朵的形状,宛如璀璨的星空,为教堂提供了明亮的光线,更增添几分庄严肃穆的神秘之感。这座典雅精致的教堂在建造初期,有超过了1万人参与工作,耗时5年终于取代了曾经在同一个地点的另一座教堂,仔细观察每一处的细节都展现了建筑师伟大的创造力。教堂的墙壁上,依稀可见基督教的壁画,也残留着拜占庭帝国的痕迹。四处都绘有精美的花纹,如果你仔细观察,会看到有些漂亮的伊斯兰花纹后面竟然有浅浅的基督教十字架图案和雕刻,这种两个教派的元素重叠出现的情况造就了这片迷人的探索之地,这样独一无二的特色也使得圣索菲亚大教堂成为世界唯一的混血教堂。

4块直径7.5米的圆形大牌匾十分醒目,上面用阿拉伯文写着穆罕穆德、真主、四位国王的名字以及穆罕穆德两个孙子的名字。圣索菲亚大教堂的长度为82米,宽度为73米。这座大教堂好像是会变戏法的魔幻世界,从外面看最醒目的中央圆顶外形,在内部实际是可以看到多个互连的圆顶,并且每一个的装饰都各不相同,金色镶嵌于宗教图案里并巧妙的融合其中。站在高达55米的中央圆顶之下,我觉得自己格外渺小,这样精妙绝伦的装潢,让我情不自禁抬着脖子静静仰望到酸痛,好后悔没有自带个望远镜可以精细的观看,在教堂中间有一个精美的“苏丹包厢”,据说是为了保证苏丹安全,而给苏丹特别设置的地方,很像是一个机关。

虽然和往常一样,教堂的正中心拉着护栏以保护真迹,游客是不可以穿越护栏走入里面的,但是我却发现,一位看上去像教堂小主人的小猫咪正在护栏里面自由的散步,并走到游客人群正前方,似乎是要开始即兴路演,也好像是一位资深的教堂安保人员,十分抢镜,哈哈,这就是伊斯坦布尔神奇的地方,仿佛这座城市的每一处角落,都能邂逅可爱的小猫咪,整座城市就像是一个硕大的猫咪游乐园。能看得出土耳其人发自内心的喜爱着小猫咪,这一次也给了这只小花猫特权,让它置身于文物古迹当中,教堂的保安人员还热情的递给我猫食,给我机会边欣赏教堂的美边喂小猫咪,深深体验了历史文物遗迹上超有爱的情怀。

教堂后殿的穹顶上画着著名的《圣母与圣婴》像,旁边还有六翼天使,保存得非常完好。虽然可以看出教堂内的大部分壁画都在改造时期被毁坏了,能够有幸没有脱落的大概都是因为所在的高度很高。为了修建这一座声势浩大的教堂,国王也算是费劲了心思,教堂之中的建筑材料大多都是从土耳其各地运送来的上等材料,比如博斯普鲁海峡地区的黑石,装饰精髓马赛克,甚至不惜跨国运输,有埃及的斑岩石,绿色大理石还有叙利亚的黄石,就连以弗所神庙里的古希腊圆柱也矗立在教堂之中,十分的壮观。沿着弯弯曲曲并且滑溜溜的石头小路,穿越幽暗的光线就来到了二楼,参观到国王的书房,寝室,紧接着是画廊的区域,这里有更多的精美壁画,让我觉得漫步于这座教堂之中,不只是美和艺术的享受,更是一次叩问历史之门的好机会。整座教堂从墙壁到天花板,仿佛都装饰着价值连城的艺术品,所以也难怪常年安放脚手架于教堂之中,可以方便工人们及时修复和补救教堂的损毁。

伊斯坦布尔美食探店

在离开了充满魅力而独特的圣索菲亚大教堂,之后在老城区散散步,就要到了用餐时间啦。在分享美味之前我想敲个重点,那就是来到伊斯坦布尔,我推荐可以尝试下这里的优步打车,这是我所乘坐的最有特色的几辆车的内部装修,十分有土耳其的民族特色,而红色白色的皮质座椅给人一种奢华尊贵的感觉,最重要的是,这里优步的价格比正常要便宜一些呢,到了夜晚车内亮起红色霓虹灯好像置身于拉斯维加斯的赌场,又好像有点坐在加长礼宾车里面开趴踢的感觉呢。今天探索的这家餐厅依旧位于我在前几篇文章里介绍过的Istinye Park,这家商场属于伊斯坦布尔的大型购物商场,拥有300多家商店,几十家餐厅,无论对于游客还是当地人,都具有极大的吸引力。

建筑的外形也是别出心裁,十分吸睛,巨大的玻璃拱形屋顶内你还可以找到室内的瀑布,无论多么新奇的小创意都应有尽有。光是这次伊斯坦布尔之旅,我就在里面吃过好几家餐厅,都是不同类型的特色餐厅。今天这一家半快餐的土耳其当地风味食堂Gunaydin Steakhouse让我感觉非常舒适贴心又便捷,采用美食广场的点菜模式,拿着盘子来到开放式厨房选择自己喜欢的肉类蔬菜和甜点,一切都由自己做主和调配,十分方便。无论是烤肉,还是番茄味道的开胃小菜,健康的沙拉吃起来都特别可口,完全是一种当地人在吃当地菜的feel,没有丝毫身在异乡的感觉,当了一天土耳其人的我感觉十分的融入呀。最后的甜点我点了巧克力和果味的蛋糕,味道刚刚好,吃起来十分清爽。今天美妙的大教堂旅程和美食之旅就要告于段落啦,之后还有更多精彩的旅行日记想要和大家分享。

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A stunning tour of this ancient Byzantine Cathedral, @sweetsssj!

As always, what sets your work apart from the usual touristy travelogues is the amount of research and your vivid firsthand reporting of what it feels like to actually be there.

Through your impressions the reader is actually able to experience concretely the awe and majesty of the Hagia.

But your work is more than a mere history lesson - you provide a discerning review of the cuisine offered in the local eateries - in this case, the food prepared in a local steak house.

The fact that you noticed the church cat was endearing - it's a tabby and very vocal like my own Muse Cat. Cats are regarded by some as sacred for a reason. For instance, my own tabby prefers to listen to sacred music and I actually went to a local Christian book store to buy him his own instrumental CD of hymns - it keeps him calm and lessens the vocalizing that inspires me but drives my wife, @countrygirl, crazy, lol.

I'm glad I saw your post today :)

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john! It's so lovely to see you alive and well, it's been a while since I've seen you but as always, your comments are always very insightful, valuable and very welcome! I had a tough time with this one because like with a lot of other historical landmarks, getting into the research of the history can feel like entering a rabbit hole. I'm never quite sure how much I want to go into, or whether it would be appropriate for the post. Nevertheless, I'm glad that you did pick up on some useful information!

I'm very interested in your muse cat actually - as I am with all creatures of the feline sort. In Turkey, they seem to hold cats in very high regard and that in itself is very endearing to see. Of course, it helps that the cat inside the Hagia Sophia was very conducive to the general public and seemed to welcome all the visitors, petting it, feeding it, taking pictures with it.. It's hard to find "stray" cats like that where i'm from.
I recently discovered that my own cats have certain penchant for panpipe music - it seems odd but maybe the pipe sounds ignite some kind of deep instinct from their times in the wild. Maybe i'm thinking a bit too much into it. In any case, like you, I love it when my cats vocalise!

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HI sssj - Yes, I'm alive and well and still posting on steemit - seems like most of my friends aren't though and that makes me sad. Pan pipes? Be still my heart! I think Musey would love that kind of music - I'll try it with him and let you know how it turns out....Wishing you and yours a joyous Christmas season and a prosperous and peaceful New Year :)

Hey @sweetsssj, I'm really glad that you are still around with us even though times for Crypto are really bad. Hope you are also able to encourage more people to continue posting on this amazing blockchain irregardless the price. Cheers and welcome back.. Your blogs are as amazing as its always been.

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hey bitrocker2020, i'm also glad that you're around too! I think a lot of people forget that not long ago, Steem/it wasn't in nearly as good as place as it is now. There are so many more interesting ways to interact with Steem now that I can't see it going anywhere, price low or not!

Really appreciate the comment! :)

Great to read you again!
Lovely pics. Seems to be awesome this city!
Maybe we will meet someday when traveling:-)
Have a great time

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Thanks akashas! Good to see you alive and well, perhaps we might bump into each other haha!

甜姐,你这篇文章,最吸引我的注意力 - 那只喵星人 lol

想必你也是爱猫人士吧!

PS:在这里给你上载我家的主子 - 人家人爱,车见车拐的小白条

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在这个电币低迷的世道,仍然能够看到你的帖文 - 的确给大家打了一支强心针。

继续努力加油,为大家写更多精彩绝伦的旅游贴!

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哇,你好呀,小白条,你怎么这么可爱呀,要不要跟姐姐走,哈哈
谢谢你的夸奖,希望可以鼓励到大家,保持好的心态,挺过去了就是春天^^

Hii sandia,

I was missing you from last one month and yet again your post is looks like a whole month's work, it's really impressive because the way you put all your experience in a post with all the required pictures that helps The reader to understand the place just like they visited the place by themselves.

Hagia Sophia is really a nice place to visit and also helps people to see things from two different cultures Christian and Muslim in the interior is totally awesome.

Your new cat friend is also really cute and also know that how to pose for the pictures 😅

And I'm totally impressed by those drone shots because they really justify the beauty of that place with the sun lights on the dome that's really magnificent.

Oh my gosh the Uber was totally insane because I never so I would like that and when you just mentioned it that it was really normal on that place I really wish to go and visit Istanbul by myself Someday.

Thanks for writing this super adventurous post looking forward to see you more after on steemit. 😇

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Thank you dear, it's been a little less than a months work, though I have been quite busy with it as well as catching up with irl stuffs. Of course, I can't pass on an opportunity play with cats and I'm blessed to see that the cats are very well looked after not only in the Hagia Sophia, but everywhere I go in Instanbul.

As for the drones, I was really lucky to get a tiny bit of time to fly it because it wasn't very long before some of the security guards came to tell me to stop :(

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Good to see that you are little free now after all the work.

As for the drones, I was really lucky to get a tiny bit of time to fly it because it wasn't very long before some of the security guards came to tell me to stop :(

Lol that's funny but iam happy that atleast you captured some beautiful views of the place

真開心在寒冬中還能繼續看見你穿短褲,帶來暖流~~ 嘻嘻!

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好久不见啦,滴溜哥的留言还是那么风趣幽默呀,那我就把短裤一直穿到春天,嘻嘻,希望这个寒冬不要太冷噢^^

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😍😍 那不就是繼續穿到明年秋天?😁😁

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哈哈,没问题,滴溜哥要我穿多久就穿多久呀^^

Greetings, sweetiessj

I really miss your posts. I'm a bit of a vacation, so I'm not looking so much. Beautiful photos of Istanbul. Besides the city and the church that I found beautiful, the food you ate seems to be wonderful.

Thank you for sharing with us. Good night!!!

@sweetsssj, After long time you comeback again to Steemit. Glad to your beauty and smile. I already watch how's Istanbul beauty. It has long proud history. Oldest and architectural buildings, locations and so delicious foods you visited and ate. Inside of Hagia Sophia awesome with decorations, lights, designs. I really like to look scene of you loving and cared to the kitty. It's mind inspiration of mine. Absolutely brilliant photo clicks and sell explained.

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hey dear! Sometimes it's good to take a break, but rest assured i'm very much here and not going anywhere! I'm also really happy you picked up the hints of Instanbul's beauty through my post, no doubt i'm very attached to this place as my blog has focused on it for quite some time!

What beautiful architecture, food and people. Fantastic work on this post, @sweetsssj!

That cat is a cutie! 😊

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hey trincowski!! Thank you so much! So surprised (and also not, given Turkey's love for cats) to see it roaming freely inside!

Hey Sandia, good to see you back in time for Christmas.

The Hagia Sophia is truly amazing. I wasn't aware that it is so big with so much of it underground. Your drone footage and shots were also a nice touch. I am glad to see it back in action.

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Hey Wayne! It's always nice to be back interacting with the community! My drone is probably going to be out of commission for the next few locations because they are increasingly hard to get away with :(

Thank you so much for letting us live vicariously through your travels!

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As always, it's my pleasure hanshotfirst, thank you for supporting!

Thanks for this very impressive overview of a place that I've long known about, but about which I actually new few details.

And as you stated, those drone shots are stunningly beautiful. The warm red light on the surface of the mosque, as well as the surrounding cityscape, landscape, and sunset view, are all impressive.

wow ...I imagine you must have enjoyed the trip very much, the photos are very nice. Nice places

I saw a documentary recently where engineers built a scale model of the central structure in the Hagia Sophia and tested it on an earthquake simulation table. Apparently the wide bands of mortar compared to most modern brick work combine with the old arches and new domes to make it almost impervious to major damage from quakes now. The test had to inflict the equivalent of several 9.0 earthquakes in a row to make the model fail.

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Wow, I wonder whether they had concept of earthquake proofing buildings back then (probably not) but it would make sense that the structure has stood so well through history, including surviving major earthquakes through the centuries. Whether or not it was intended is another question! .. does some research :D

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I assume the people of the time had some idea of what survived and what did not through centuries of trial and error.

I'm so jealous of your travels! Upvoted to help you on your next one!

I just love Istanbul...

I'm always amazed at the depth and number of pics your posts contain! well done!

its been a while since your last post.
its very historical place, for Christians it is a sacred place to visit, the food is so delicious to see, I also love the cat. ^_^

thanks for sharing this, Upvoted and resteem @sweetsssj

Among the magnificent of the temple, the cat is the most important on this travel...

EDITED: A cat is not a thing...

I read a lot of different posts about Hagia Sophia.
Your post is the favoured, biggest, colourful and grateful.

The Hagia Sophia was taken from the Byzantines in battle. A sad story in Orthodox Christian history, but its good that its still preserved and very beautiful. Your pictures are amazing, looks like fun :)

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A heck of a lot of fun! Yes, the history is writhe with controversy but that's what makes it so interesting, don't you think?

Hi dear please vote my pics please

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Lovely pics. Seems to be awesome this city!
Maybe we will meet someday when traveling:-)
Have a great time.....

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Everything about your trip looked beautiful! I bet the buildings were stunning seeing them in person

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Thank you so much! I must say, it was very impressive in person. I'm used to seeing lots of tall modern buildings where I'm from, but the scale of these mosques are truly mind boggling.

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I agree! I'm in the Seattle, Washington area so all of the buildings here are young compared to European mosques. It's definitely on my bucket list to explore but for now I must settle with these pictures. Thanks for your post! Cheers

A lot of work. So all interesting to tell. Yes, indeed, this cathedral and the city, which used to be called Constantinople, is very important for all Orthodox. My dream is to go there...

Your blogs and vlogs are always so beautiful.i’m sure it takes time to do.you yourself are very beautiful.and talented.i once saw your blog page on cats.i love cats I’m going to follow those blogs too.
Thank you for sharing your post 🙏🏽
Much respect to you and your work 😊
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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!...with regards to that "Cat", Hagia Sophia" and your beautiful travelogue as well!

@sweetsssj actually am just 1-1/2 month old, more of like new to Steemit.

"Has anyone else ever come across doors that were carved but not real doors? Do you know why this might have been done?"

As you said above “the cathedral served as a place of safety for those fleeing persecution”

You mentioned it as doorway, so i am asking this question. Did you find this door outside? if so, this maybe done to confuse the attackers and i sense that small door might not have been in those days. This is just my assumption.

A big thanks @sweetsssj for taking us through this wonderful and beautiful journey of Hagia Sophia!

Good job with this post i havent taken a look at your blog in almost 2 years looks like your still doing a great job keep up the good work

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Hey subliminal-times, thanks for sticking around for all these years and occasionally dropping by, it's nice to have you!

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Thanks you should travel to the US and check out the east coast

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I'm really liking the sound of Florida.. I actually stopped there on my way to Bahamas but I really need to spend some proper time!

Hi there, can I ask you about voting bot? do you still run it?

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You are always traveling little miss sweet stuff

It's americanized a little bit because of globalization

Que hermosos paisajes de Instanbul son reflejados a través de tus fotos, además me encanta la forma como muestras su gastronomía y los sitios históricos. Es un gran trabajo

Absolutely amazing quality post as always Sandia. What a gorgeous city, I loved the Uber that showed up, so fancy and massive. Those seats are way bigger than you are. I bet you lit up when you saw the cat, so very cute. I love your inclusions of gifs and your aerial footage was just spectacular. You looked beautiful as always, thank you for sharing. I feel re-inspired all over again. I hope you have a lovely Christmas and New Year and cheers to new adventures @sweetsssj

What a an amazing building Hagia Sophia I was few months ago in Istanbul one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited. Your post is a further evidence of its attractiveness and how delicious is Turkish food !!! They are something we never stop to discover .....Including the wide range of cats around the city which I found it is massive :) :) I hope to come back there very soon!!!

Wonderful photos! Thank you for sharing.
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Haha I just posted about ethereum Constantinople and now you are in Turkey. Amazing :D
Great Pictures <3

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Haha what a coincidence, I wonder what the relationship with the naming convention for that is. Do you happen to know?

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I am afraid, probably I don't :/

Welcome back to my friend

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thank you dear, good to be back!

Wow! Beautiful place! Istanbul is so underrated. I rarely see Istanbul being promoted as a great tourist destination.

Great share!

Your post is dope!
I would like to hear from you more about local cuisine, because most of people don't know that Turkish food extends far beyond colourful vegetable dips, delicious pide bread and kebabs.

You have an amazing and lovely smile. Great to see your blogs. :)

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thank you so much plgonzalezrx8! :)

When will I travel alongside you?😍😍😍, a travel blog. Is nice that I have your name in my head whenever I talk about success on this platform, your an inspiration. I know you have been hearing this before but not from me so it should be new. Nice to see how your playing with that cat, what were you giving to the cat? Did you say caretaker? or maybe I didn't understand those lines very well. Your pictures are wonderful, quality, super quality

I still look forward to see you @sweetsssj here in Africa, Ghana someday. Just as @joythewanderer made it here this week, you guys make travel so amazing and steem is always so much fun. Thanks for sharing this experience as always dear.

I still look forward to see you @sweetsssj here in Africa, Ghana someday. Just as @joythewanderer made it here this week, you guys make travel so amazing and steem is always so much fun. Thanks for sharing this experience as always dear.

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Wow i didn't realise Joy made it there! I hope I'll be able to make an appearance soon too!

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of course. That is the beauty of steem connecting people with so much love all over the world. Steemit is a family. Hope to see you someday here dear.

I don't know how you do it @sweetsssj but your pictures are always crystal clear, beautiful and always take my breath away. 🦋

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lizbethk, thank you! What you don't see is the big bucket of no goods which I exclude, these ones are picked out from many not so good ones!

你今天过的开心吗?快来使用超级好用的steemit客户端---Partiko,这个可是我们华人团队开发的哦。假如我的留言打扰到你,请回复“取消”。

i read your content fully... thank you for share...!! anyway beautiful photography... @sweetsssj

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thanks shuvo35 :)

Please dear vote my pic

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En el antiguo Egipto hay muchas puertas gigantes que sirven a los viajeros espirituales como guías para llegar a los templos invisibles....

I really enjoyed knowing that there is a museum in Turkey with these great features.



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I can’t believe how many times you said “gold!” I’m SO EXCITED!!!!

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Ah goldy, you know my blogs are catered to almost everyone.. :D

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Aw bummer! I thought I was special!! :)

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well, if it makes you feel any better, I do think of you each time I type the word gold..

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Then my goals are complete :)

Hi @sweetsssj long time no see, and great to see you back with another great post! Hope you're doing well!

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Good to be back! Very glad to see you still around too!!

Nice to see your amazing face after such a long time stay here i am glad to see an amazing post.

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aww dear, thank you, it's also great to see you still active and doing well !

wonderful traveling!
beautiful traveler :)

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Hello! I just met you and I love your post. I hope to continue reading more about you. Greetings from Venezuela <3

Hello ☺️

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Thanks for sharing such a large amount beautiful photos.
Are you making a global traveling?
Hope I have chance to do that too. 2333...

I love it! Istanbul is a very beautiful city and the people are very nice. Lovely photos and nice to see you back here :D

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hey hanen! Always good to be back. Expect me posting (a bit) more often! :)

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晚上看到, 開始肚餓了... 很邪惡呀,....

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哈哈 深夜放毒啦🤣

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wow,,,amazing travel,truly incredible your work @sweetsssj

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Thanks alancobra, always a pleasure! :)

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thank your welcome friend.))

life in turkey is nice enjoy it im new here follow me please at @leweissy56

Interesting @sweetsssj, let's enliven the comment column so that the writing also adds enthusiasm for writing and the one who comments if fortune can be paid. Sometimes I want to be confused about what to say ... especially like the abunagaya story above the comments for up to two paragraphs ... yeah, at least let's comment on interesting writings and we understand not to be read by others instead, just as long as the comments are heheeee ...

Interesting @sweetsssj, let's enliven the comment column so that the writing also adds enthusiasm for writing and the one who comments if fortune can be paid. Sometimes I want to be confused about what to say ... especially like the abunagaya story above the comments for up to two paragraphs ... yeah, at least let's comment on interesting writings and we understand not to be read by others instead, just as long as the comments are heheeee ...

Interesting @sweetsssj, let's enliven the comment column so that the writing also adds enthusiasm for writing and the one who comments if fortune can be paid. Sometimes I want to be confused about what to say ... especially like the abunagaya story above the comments for up to two paragraphs ... yeah, at least let's comment on interesting writings and we understand not to be read by others instead, just as long as the comments are heheeee ...

Interesting @sweetsssj, let's enliven the comment column so that the writing also adds enthusiasm for writing and the one who comments if fortune can be paid. Sometimes I want to be confused about what to say ... especially like the abunagaya story above the comments for up to two paragraphs ... yeah, at least let's comment on interesting writings and we understand not to be read by others instead, just as long as the comments are heheeee ...