Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, that time called Constantinopole, was built as a Eastern Orthodox cathedral, become a mosque when the Ottoman empire conquered the city in the 15th century, nowadays it is a museum. The picture shows the inside of the building, one of the key tourist attractions of Istanbul.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is a city located on two continents – Europe and Asia, the two parts of the city connected by the famous Bosphorus bridge.
Istanbul started during the times of the Roman empires as Bizantium, became the capital of the Eastern Empire as Constantinopol in the 4th century and was conquered by Ottoman Turks in 1453. The Turkish name Istanbul became the official city name only in the beginning of the 20th century.