Join me on this live-streamed, interactive online experience to be amazed by the architecture of the Hagia Sophia Mosque and immerse in legends associated with it. This massive monument built in the year 537 was the largest cathedral when the Romans ruled. In 1453 the city of Istanbul was conquered by the Ottomans, who renovated Hagia Sophia into a mosque. The iconic structure served as a museum since the mid-1930s and was converted back into a mosque in July 2020.
On our virtual tour, I will show you the mosque with focus on many interesting aspects, such as how to determine the direction of Mecca from Turkey. We will also look at the medallions which feature the names of Allah, the Prophet Muhammad, the first four Caliphs, and the Prophet’s two grandsons. Of course, I will tilt my camera up to show you the world-famous dome and the pillar where visitors insert their thumb to feel the tears of Mother Mary - and narrate for you the fascinating legend behind it. If you are lucky, we may even spot 'Betty' the cat and the feline family that has made the mosque their home since the last 12 years.
We will finish this experience with a stroll around the Hippodrome and en-route see the 'Milion Stone', the Byzantine zero mile marker that was also in use during the Roman period.
I look forward to hosting you on this unforgettable experience!