Inside Hagia Sophia in Istanbul by Kirsten Alana

Inside Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

This poor blog gets the shaft so often since I have such a full freelance writing schedule. And sometimes when I work with companies, as in my recent partnership with HouseTrip, the content produced doesn’t only appear here.

A conversation with a recent follower helped me realize that I should at least be sharing articles I publish elsewhere with you, here on my blog. Is she right? If so, please enjoy this piece I produced for the HouseTrip blog, all about Istanbul. It just went live this week. I share several other photos from Hagia Sophia and several from neighborhoods around the city.

Inside Hagia Sophia in Istanbul by Kirsten Alana
Inside Hagia Sophia in Istanbul by Kirsten Alana

Inside Hagia Sophia in Istanbul by Kirsten Alana
I’ve also just been interviewed by HotelsCheap and you can read that post here. They asked some great questions and I really enjoyed talking with them!

Inside Hagia Sophia in Istanbul by Kirsten Alana

As for Hagia Sophia itself, it’s my top recommendation for Istanbul. No matter how long you are in the city, I really think it’s worth making the time to see. Whether you’re religious or not — Hagia Sophia is an incredible peek into the culture of a city that has been more fought over than most, a city that actually sits on both sides of the border between Europe and Asia. Begun in 537, Hagia Sophia has been home to many different religions and is now a museum. It was the principal mosque of the city until 1616 when the nearby “Blue Mosque” opened and its gleaming gold mosaics on the top level are some of the most stunning works of art I’ve ever seen.

I hope you get to visit it for yourself if you have not yet been!