minbar, mihrab, the sultan’s loge, and other features commonly found in a mosque. It is still feels like a Christian church.
Unfortunately we are here on a day when a government minister is using it as the location for a press conference. Since large swaths of the floor occupied by the event, we head upstairs to the gallery to get a better view.
Of course, it’s still possible to see some of the icons and golden treasures that once filled this church. Just head to Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice where they were taken after the church was attacked and plundered by Crusaders in 1204.
At least there was little they could do to destroy the overall ambiance of this glorious place.
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