By Şerif Yenen
Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya), dubbed the "Eighth Wonder of the World" by historians, is one of the most visited places in the world in terms of art and architecture history. Hagia Sophia was a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal basilica (church) for 916 years, later an imperial mosque for 481 years, and now a museum for 85 years.
We feel very lucky to have Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey. Can you imagine, how many other 1500-year-old monuments with the roof still on top, there are around the world?
Well, lockdown measures may not allow you to travel and visit places of interest. However, I will bring some of them to you starting with an online cultural tour of Ayasofya in English. My virtual guided tour will soon be available on YouTube. You can also ask questions during the tour.
Let me emphasize that this is not in a documentary format, but a guided tour. I will be interpreting Ayasofya with breathtaking images and videos.