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23 Images of the Aya Sofia in Istanbul


The Aya Sofia, or Hagia Sophia, is one of Istanbul’s most prominent attractions. I read stories about its size and beauty before my arrival into Turkey back in October, so I figured I was in for a treat.

I had no idea, however, that it would be so big… or so awe-inspiring. Rather than try to fill this page with a huge list of cliches and overused expressions, I figured I’d let the images do the talking for me. Enjoy!

Entrance Aya Sofia

entering aya sofia

standing in entrance aya sofia

low lights aya sofia

looking above aya sofia

low lights hanging close aya sofia

dome aya sofia

the lights aya sofia5

action shot aya sofia

read this aya sofia

randy over yonder aya sofia

its a big place aya sofia

lightbulbs aya sofia

people in aya sofia

windows aya sofia

people and windows aya sofia

mural aya sofia1

mural aya sofia2

mural aya sofia3

mural aya sofia4

mural aya sofia5

randy and beth aya sofia

mosque from window aya sofia

It just so happens that I got the pleasure of experiencing this landmark with Beth and Randy of Be sure to keep an eye out for Beth’s glorious Aya Sofia images.


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26 Responses to 23 Images of the Aya Sofia in Istanbul

  1. Alouise December 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    Beautiful photos. The Aya Sofia is just one of many reasons why I’d love to go to Turkey.

    • Brooke December 20, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

      It’s not hard to take beautiful photos when the subject is that good 🙂 I hope you get to see it someday.

  2. Christy December 20, 2011 at 3:33 am #

    What a gorgeous building! Another reason for me to visit Istanbul.

    • Brooke December 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

      There are so many reasons to visit Istanbul! 🙂

  3. Amanda December 20, 2011 at 4:05 am #

    It’s soooo pretty. I can’t wait to see it myself someday.

    • Brooke December 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

      It was so pretty… you’ll get a crick in your neck from looking up so much 🙂

  4. DTravelsRound December 20, 2011 at 5:12 am #

    Love these photos! Every person I met from Istanbul is SO proud of Aya Sofia. It’s easy to see why.

    • Brooke December 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

      No doubt… and to think it was built over 1400 years ago is even more interesting!

  5. Natasha December 20, 2011 at 5:59 am #

    I’m planning a trip to Turkey next year, so will definitely have to check Aya Sofia out and see it with my own eyes!

    • Brooke December 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

      Definitely recommend it!

  6. Jeremy Branham December 20, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    Beautiful photos! I had no idea it also went by the name of Aya Sofia!

    • Brooke December 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

      I might be calling it wrong… but its the Hagia Sophia, Aya Sophia, Aya Sofia and Aya Sofya as I’ve found around the web. Aya Sofia is the way I’ve always spelled it.

  7. Katina December 20, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    Did you get a guide explaining things to you at all? I understood so much from that, little things like noticing the ‘x’ marks in the ground that were used to help place the dome on top… great shots, I was as inspired as you when I saw it! Istanbul blew me away, which I really didn’t expect – I was there for 8 days!

    • Brooke December 21, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

      No we didn’t do the tour, but now I’m wishing we had!

  8. Lianne December 21, 2011 at 12:36 am #

    Great photos. My photos don’t do any justice, I didn’t have a good camera when I went years ago 🙁

    Absolutely beautiful when the sun is setting isn’t it!

    • Brooke December 21, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

      Gorgeous place! As long as you have the memories, that’s better than a photo, right 🙂

  9. Emily @ Maiden Voyage December 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    Gorgeous photos! Aya Sofia was one of my favorite things about Istanbul. I loved the strange history of multiple religions…the hidden mosaics were so cool!

  10. Traveling Ted December 22, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    23 great shots of the Aya Sofia in Istanbul. You captured it well.

  11. Rebecca December 27, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    What an amazing building!

  12. bethany December 30, 2011 at 4:08 am #

    Great shots Brooke!!! Love them ALL!

  13. Denise December 30, 2011 at 5:13 am #

    I never really warmed up to Aya Sofia, and I can’t explain why.

  14. Global Basecamps' Ali December 30, 2011 at 5:25 am #

    Beautiful! I would love to go there one day.

  15. Erica January 4, 2012 at 6:55 am #



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