Thursday, November 30, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI visits Aya Sofya

Today Pope Benedict XVI visited the sixth century Byzantine monument St. Sofia (Aya Sofya), which was once a Church in the Byzantine Era that was converted to a mosque by the Ottman Empire. Today it is a museum in Istanbul, Turkey.

Photo of Pope Benedict XVI blessing a child as he visits the museum:

Tolga Adanali/Pool/Reuters


del_button December 1, 2006 at 10:22 AM
Esther said...

It was interesting to see the different spelling for Hagia Sofia. The first time I had heard about this magnificent building was in art history class.

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