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... So we pushed the kids on until we were almost at the gate of Ayasofya and found a tranquil terraced restaurant for lunch and a break. Ayasofya is a magnificent 6th century church which was converted into a mosque almost a century later by the moguls... And now stands as a museum which represents a hybrid of the 2 religions. Rather than destroying the Byzantine religious frescos on the walls, the moguls covered them up and whilst the restoration process ...
... of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The ruins of this city can be seen on foot, walking on clearly marked pathways. The whole city is spectacular but some of the highlights were the Great Theater, the Library of Celsus and the beautiful Terrace Houses. Where we had the whole Pamukale to ourselves early in the morning, magic hour in Efesus was at about 18:30. We knew the big package tourist groups had to go home sometime, we went in at about 15:00 and waited them out. ...
... as a church for close to a millennium. In 1453 the Ottomans converted it to a mosque, covering up or removing Christian elements. In 1934 it became a museum and restoration work has uncovered some beautiful Christian mosaics. You now see both Christian and Islamic symbols.
Back to the hotel for a break and then meeting up with John and Diane to do the guided walk for the Old Town from Rick Steves' Guidebook. Sue, Janet and Ron are off ...
With our tour coming to an end we had one final group dinner and our 1ST group photo, hoorah!!!(no one was sick). With time on our side we decided to spend 3 extra days in Istanbul to see all the sights that we missed out on at the beginning of the tour. This time around we felt alot more comfortable in the city that never sleeps, and with nicer weather we visited, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Basilica Cistern.
... used only as a museum. The Greek Orthodox Church, more specifically The church of the Ecumenical Patriarch, was a once in a lifetime opportunity. At the service we were briefly introduced to the entire head of the Greek Orthodox Church, kind of like the pope, no big deal. After a beautiful and sacred short service we were allowed to tour the church which hosts several astounding murals and remains of great disciples and ...