In & Around Hagia Sophia

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Day 5 in Istanbul we were some serious sightseeing tourists. We very lazily made our way over to Hagia Sophia, with a coffee stop on the way of course. Inside Hagia Sophia we took our time admiring and snapping several pictures. It’s not everyday we get to visit such a historic and architectural beauty. Afterwards we made our way down the street to the Basilica Cistern. This place was kinda creepy, dark, and water dripped everywhere. It has the capacity to hold 100,000 tons of water and used to provide the water filtration system for the Great Palace of Constantinople as well as some other well known buildings in that area. Of the 336 columns that hold this place up two in the back corner have Medusa heads at the base. One turned upside down and the other side ways supposedly to negate the evil powers of her gaze. The coolest thing to me tho, was that the Cistern was used in a Bond film, From Russia with Love…I’ve always wanted to be a Bond girl! We decided this was the night we’d go check out the Whirling Dervishes…so not worth it. I know it’s a big tourist attraction, and I’ve heard cool things, but man was it boring. Usually if I don’t love something, I’m still happy to have experienced it once in my life…not this. It was expensive and sooooo not interesting, the music was the best part, but it may have played a role in our struggle to stay awake.

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