"The great Church of the Holy..." Turkey Things to Do Tip by dsharp

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The great Church of the Holy Wisdom (Hagia Sophia)in Istanbul.
It was designed to overawe the surrounding pagans in christian times. Notice the impressive optical illusion as you step out into the great central area (it seems quite small an area from the side)and suddenly your in this immense space.
The graffiti made by the Emporers viking guard on the surrounding balconies (chiseled into the marble rail)
much of it unprintable here but showing that some soldiers still hated their sergeants and officers and loved women 1500 years ago.

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  • Updated Aug 26, 2002
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