Istanbul, Turkey

Hagia Sophia is one of the most unique places in the world, absolutely breath-taking and inspiring. I would like to tell you a little bit more about this place, since I have noticed both from my Instagram, and from what I have been telling other, that not many people know its story, and some are left very confused by what exactly is this place that seems like a mosque with Christian symbols…

Hagia Sophia was built back in 537 as a Christian Orthodox church, when Istanbul was known as Constantinopole, the capital of the Byzantine Empire. The grande structure you see today was the concept of Justinian I, built in the place of a few previously small basilicas. Almost a thousand years later, when Constanstinopole becomes a part of the Ottoman Empire, Hagia Sophia is converted from church into mosque in 1453. However, once Ataturk becomes the first Turkish President, in 1935 it is transformed into a museum. Thanks to Ataturk, today the place welcomes and gathers all types of religions and people from everywhere around the world.

Ataturk’s wisdom and Hagia Sophia’s transformation into a Museum reminds me once again that despite our beliefs, gender, skin colour, sexual orientation, age, we are all the same, we are all humans, and we should all treat each other with respect, understanding and love.


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Photos: Daniel Dykes

  • Michèle

    wow, doina, you look fab!

  • mariel

    such a beautiful place and you look divine too Doina <3

  • Stunning photos, makes me want to travel. It just exudes culture

  • Rhea

    So beautiful! Love your outfit so much! <3 So ethnic and wonderful!

  • papuraverde

    Typical model blog whoring. Omg what a beautiful and inspiring place > two banal paragraphs on it > here’s 20 pictures of me inside it intentionally wearing traditional clothes and pretending I’m inspired > ??? > profit.

  • “Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.” – Euripides

  • Thank you, Rhea, glad you like it 🙂

  • papuraverde

    Oh yes, by all means, gimme the ready-made-quote-by-a-really-old-guy-I’ve-never-actually-read treatment. Totally proving me wrong.

  • “Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.” – Euripides

  • papuraverde

    As redundant as your poses, sugar.

  • Beautiful written Doina! If I ever get to Istanbul I will make sure to visit the Jewel! It looks really nice, the paintings and all!
    Always a pleasure to read about your travels!

    Simona Moon

  • Fashion Party blog

    Such a stunning shots, you blend so well with the surroundings! 🙂


  • perfect dear!
    holding breath looked this pics!

    I’ll be the happiest шт the world if you visit my blog!:)

  • trololo

    Well damn, let’s not forget this is a fashion blog after all. the outfits and the style are the centerpiece, as they should be. But actually the post has more than a couple of pictures of the place.

  • papuraverde

    Agreed, except that I was directed to this blogpost from her Facebook where she said she intends to talk “about one of the most fascinating places she’s ever visited and about the history behind the place”, to which I feel my discontent with the actual blogspot quality is accurate: two-paragraph wikipedia info, new-age fashionista one-liner moral and then a full photoshoot, in matching outfits meant to fake spirituality and traditional values and customs. Let’s not kid ourselves here, shall we?

  • Addictions to Shopping .

    Its so beautiful, ive heard of it before and ive wanted to visit since then! Fingers crossed i get the chance 🙂

    Hayley xx

  • shelby

    Breathtaking photos :]

  • Paola

    Love it!!!

  • This one is in my bucket list!

  • Michelle K. Lee

    amazing post!

  • This is your most emotionally post… <3.<3 It makes my hear beat faster!