I had high hopes for the Ayasofya and wish I could say that I was wowed but I wasn't. Is it a beautiful building? Absolutely. Is it amazing that it was made when it was and has stood the test of time? Yes. Having said that, I left disappointed.
I thought it would be like Topkapi Palace, with huge grounds to wonder and lots of displays to see. Instead, it was one big vaulted room. We spent about an hour in there and that was only because we slowly dragged our feet, hoping that something somewhere would catch us and wow us, like so many other people appear to have been.
When you consider all of the beautiful free mosques that there are to see in Istanbul, I don't think our 25 TL each here was well spent.
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