In the middle of the third day of my Come See Turkey trip, we explored the magnificent Hagia Sophia, aka the Ayasofya, the church of divine wisdom. What was once the Romans' first Christian cathedral and then a mosque under the Ottomans, it is now a very popular museum (and deservedly so). And though it stands as an astonishing testament to Roman architecture, it would not be standing at all if not for Ottoman architects maintaining it. Of particular importance is their adding the four tall minarets to help balance the weight of the main building's walls and dome. Speaking of that dome, it takes my breath away to look at it today; what emotions it must have inspired 1500 years ago when it was new, I cannot even begin to grasp.
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