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The breathtaking interior of the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey. Hagia Sophia is a former Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later an imperial mosque, and now a museum.

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Blue Mosque, Istanbul..... The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is an historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice.

When you study abroad in Istanbul, you'll certainly spend some time admiring the Byzantine architecture and beautiful colors inside Hagia Sophia. This impressive building is said to have "changed the history of architecture."

Interior view of the Hagia Sophia, showing Islamic elements on the top of the main dome.

Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet), Istanbul, Islamic Architecture, Iznik tiles by iamsufi, via Flickr

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Hagia Sophia - Istanbul. Not a cathedral, in fact a Mosque. But it used to a church, an early and important one, when the city was called Constaninople and was the seat of the Roman Empire.

Topkapi Palace Istanbul Turkey one of the world's most beautiful cities.

Diamond of Istanbul, Maslak, Istanbul, Turkey by Dome Architecture :: 53 floors, height 270m

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul - massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture and is said to have "changed the history of architecture." // photo by erhan sasmaz