Tread quietly as you enter the haloed halls of Istanbul's Hagia Sophia, one of the most important religious buildings in the world, having acted as both a Roman Catholic Cathedral and a Mosque since first being constructed in 360 AD. Recognized by its unique dome, it is the ultimate example of Byzantine architecture. Today it has been converted into a museum which in many ways is appropriate, as from the moment you enter, you can feel the weight of history descend upon you. There are few places in the world that are as important in the annals of both Christianity and Islam as Hagia Sophia. Not to be missed.
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- Location: Hagia Sophia, Turkey