One of the churches that we went to see was called Hagia Sophia. Hagia Sophia is ancient. It was built in the 3rd Century A.D. At the highest point it is 180 feet tall. One of the guides said that the Statue of Liberty could do jumping jacks on the inside! It is an amazing structure.
When we got in we saw the book of minutes inscribed upon the wall.
The antechamber was 45 feet high. This seemed extraordinarily high at first.
We finally saw the dome. Walking into the room was immensely, unimaginably, stunningly, spectacular! It was like walking into a golden sky. The ceiling seemed to go up forever and we saw inscriptions of creative calligraphy upon the walls. There were windows around the dome and it seemed to be glowing!
The mosaics on the upper level were equally stupendous.
As you can see, this church converted into a mosque, is spectacular. This was one of our highlights…