As a self-proclaimed history buff, I have always been fascinated by the grandiosity of ancient structures. Walking through the halls of historical landmarks feels like traveling through time itself, and I am always eager to learn more about the stories behind them. Recently, I had the chance to visit Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

First of all, let’s talk about the architecture. The sheer size of this building is awe-inspiring, and the intricate details carved into the walls are nothing short of breathtaking. It’s hard to believe that it was built in the 6th century – I mean, I struggle to put together Ikea furniture that lasts more than a year.

As I walked through the halls, I couldn’t help but imagine what life was like back then. Can you imagine attending a religious service in this building? I bet the acoustics were amazing. Not to mention, the sheer amount of people that could fit inside – forget social distancing, this place could probably fit an entire city block.

Speaking of religion, did you know that Hagia Sophia has served as both a Christian church and a Muslim mosque throughout its history? Talk about a versatile building. I guess it’s just proof that sometimes it’s better to repurpose old buildings rather than tearing them down and starting from scratch. Take that, urban planners.

Of course, no visit to Hagia Sophia would be complete without taking a guided tour. Our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the history of the building, and I couldn’t help but be swept up in her enthusiasm. She even showed us some hidden gems that we never would have found on our own (I won’t spoil the surprise for you – you’ll just have to go and see for yourself).

All in all, I highly recommend a visit to Hagia Sophia. Whether you’re a history buff like me or just appreciate impressive architecture, this building is a must-see. Just make sure you wear comfortable shoes – there’s a lot of walking involved.