Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkiye ...the scale is so difficult to communicate in a photograph. Breathtaking.

Interior view of the Hagia Sophia, showing Islamic elements on the top ofthe main dome, Turkey. The Hagia Sophia originally built as a Christian church by Roman Emperor Justinian I in Constantinople (aka Istanbul).

Goreme in Cappadocia, central Anatolia, Turkey

Religious frescoes and cave churches and homes in the Goreme Open-air Museum in Goreme, Cappadocia, Central Anatolia, Turkey. Cappadocia is one of most interesting and unique places in the world!

Myra is an ancient town in Lycia, where the small town of Kale (Demre) is situated today in present day Antalya Province of Turkey. It was located on the river Myros (Demre Çay), in the fertile alluvial plain between Alaca Dağ, the Massikytos range and the Aegean Sea.

Church of St. Nicholas in ancient Myra (modern or Kale Demre) is a ruined Byzantine church containing the tomb of St. Nicholas of Myra (the inspiration for Santa Claus), as well as many fine mosaics and frescoes.

Turkey - Don’t be afraid to go solo

Istanbul is the largest city in the Middle East and contains nearly active mosques. This is a list of three of the most amazing mosques in Istanbul.

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey.

I believe this is Hagia Sophia, so much diverse history. The meeting of the west and east.

Blue Mosque, Istanbul ,Turkey.

Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkish: Sultan Ahmet Camii) is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque.

Cappadocia - Göreme | The Goreme Open-Air Museum, has been a member of UNESCO World Heritage List, since 1984 and was one of the first two UNESCO Sites in Turkey | It contains the finest of the rock-cut churches, with beautiful frescoes (wall paintings) whose colours still retain all their original freshness | Most of the Churches in the Goreme Open-Air Museum, belong to the 10th, 11th and 12th centuries

These cave dwellings, built into “fairy chimneys” near Goreme in Cappadocia in central Turkey, appear to have been occupied in the Late Bronze Age, around the time of the Hittite Empire. (Image courtesy of the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey)

Hagia Sophia interior (Isidorus of Miletus and Anthemius of Tralles, 537, Constantinople/Istanbul, Turkey)

Interior view of the Hagia Sophia, showing Islamic elements on the top ofthe main dome, Turkey. The Hagia Sophia originally built as a Christian church by Roman Emperor Justinian I in Constantinople (aka Istanbul).

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