One of our first stops in Istanbul was the Hagia Sophia, a former church and mosque, now a museum. From the outside and near the building, it’s not that beautiful, especially not if you compare it to the Blue Mosque on the other side. You have to see the building from afar and preferably from above to see its immensity and structure. From a close distance it’s not that attractive, but once inside…! The inside is breathtakingly beautiful. The painted ceilings, lots of gold, grey and blue and the details are superb. Luckily, it wasn’t that busy, a big advantage of visiting Istanbul in the winter, so we could roam around, take everything in and take photos.
This was only the first thing we visited, I can’t wait to show you a lot more of Istanbul!