September 6, 2013, Türkiye
The renowned religious masterpiece meaning “Holy Wisdom” currently stands in its third state of construction. Originally built between 532-537 CE as an Orthodox cathedral on the foundations of a pagan temple, it then morphed over the years in structure and religious tradition, turning briefly into a Catholic cathedral in the 13th century, followed by a Muslim mosque in the 15th century during the Ottoman period, as noticeable by the added minarets, and now currently serves as an interfaith museum, in essence exhibiting a marvelous blend of art from its Christian and Muslim worshipers. The lofty domed building reflects the engineering wisdom of its time and the impressive efforts of its some 9,000 construction workers and 1,000 artists.
Dinner at Kamkapi
This area is known for really good fish, and rightfully so. Though, even more pleasing is the amusing atmosphere. As the evening turns to night, one by one more musicians emerge on the square to the point that music engulfs our table and floods our ears — in the best way. Drums reverberate in my chest and the elongated whines of Turkish men slink across the cool currents of the late summer wind. The sweet smell of hooka curls into my nose and I am all consumed.