• Turkey's other Hagia Sophia - in Trabzon

    One year ago - By The Guardian

    Once a church - and a hospital and a museum - it is now a mosque and also one of Turkey's best-preserved buildings of the late Byzantine era. Admission is free and there is much here for visitors of all faiths
    It may be far less famous and considerably smaller than its namesake in Istanbul but what Trabzon's Hagia Sophia lacks in architectural splendour it makes up for in tranquillity and beauty. Right by the sea, it is ringed by palm trees, nesting birds and cool breezes, offering a welcome respite from Trabzon's bazaar, busy port and humming Black Sea highway. Its history reflects...
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