With overcast, cloudy weather it is time to venture indoors. Hagia Sophia is a former Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later an imperial mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul. From the date of its construction in 537 until 1453, it served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral and seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire. The building was a mosque from May 1453 until 1931. It was then secularised and opened as a museum in February 1935 by the first Turkish President and founder of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
A fantastic place for taking photos, one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture. Unfortunately when I was there the half the inside was covered in scaffolding.
Goodbye Istanbul! On the truck tomorrow heading to Göreme which is about a 12 hour drive. Normally one would make this journey over two days but as there is nothing to see our group decided to do it in one and have an extra day in Göreme.