Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Istanbul Part 2: Hagia Sophia

View of the outside of Hagia Sophia

 I couldn't help but wonder what it would have been like to visit Hagia Sophia in its heyday.  It is such a large complex; what would it have been like to gather there with other believers to worship?

Dozens of large Candelabras provided light


Virgin Mary and Jesus

These were the only crosses I saw

view from upstairs

 There were several mosaics upstairs, some in better shape than this one. The details are amazing.


Worn down doorway
 You can see the 1600 years of use by how worn down this entry way is. I would love to take the audio tour here. Hagia Sophia changed hands many times before becoming a museum. While it is nice to have grand places to worship the Lord, there is such joy knowing the entire earth is His and He reserves no special privileges for those who call upon His name from loftier locations.

as always, you can click any of the pictures to see them larger.

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