Mother Mary and Jesus next to Allah, seen at the Hagia Sophia (Great Wisdom). Such a layered and multi cultural history is what makes Istanbul a place like no other I’ve visited before.
First built in the fourth century by the Romans as a cathedral, it was turn into a mosque as a symbol of submission when Mehmet the Conqueror took over. Nowadays, it is functioning as a museum despite numerous protests from both side of the religions involved.
Daripada salah satu gak puas mending keduanya ga dapet yah, ini persis kayak keputusan nyokap jaman dulu saat me & my sis rebutan apapun ahahahaha 😆
As the cathedral was turned into a mosque almost in an instant manner, you could still see some traces of the Christianity all over the surface. On the ceilings you could see that there are classic Ottomans patterns painted over, vaguely camouflaging the Roman style crosses.
Also, beneath the painted walls, there are religious mozaics made of semi precious stones with breath taking details. Just look at the contouring on Mother Mary’s facial features. Centuries before Kim K popularized it 😁