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Hagia Sophia in Istanbul: a Christian Basilica, a Mosque and a Museum (Turkey).

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul: a Christian Basilica, a Mosque and a Museum

Aya Sofia or Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is another must-visit attraction that would blow your mind away. It served as a Byzantine Cathedral from 537-1204; a Roman Cathedral until 1261; a Greek Orthodox Cathedral through 1453; an Ottoman mosque until 1931; and then, it became a museum which we enjoy until today.  I gasped when I […]

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10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (Turkey).

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul

Istanbul is a culmination of Byzantine, Constantinople, and Ottoman art and culture. Although, there were many eye-catching attractions in the city, the Blue Mosque in Istanbul stands out from the rest of the list. Tips for Visiting: Come in the morning before everyone goes in. The serenity of the place can be deafening with only few […]

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5 Interesting Facts about the Doge’s Palace in Venice (Italy).

5 Interesting Facts about the Doge’s Palace in Venice

If anything that strikes our minds after hearing the name “Italy”, it is definitely Venice – a city where everything is shrouded in romance and intrigue. Doge’s Palace, in particular, is one of those places. 5 Interesting Facts about the Doge’s Palace in Venice Here are some interesting facts about it. 1. It exhibits Gothic […]

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Gondola Things to Do in Venice (Italy).

10 Things to Do in Venice

Lying on 117 small islands, Venice is an Italian haven for tourists, cradling 250,000 residents. I had the pleasure of visiting it last summer. Here’s my list. 10 Things to do in Venice 1. San Marco Cathedral and Square A perfect place to people-watch, San Marco square has three famous tourist sites, namely Doge’s Palace, […]

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Travel Itinerary: A Day in Pisa (Italy).

Travel Itinerary: A Day in Pisa

Located in the Tuscany region of Italy, Pisa is undoubtedly one of the ancient, and therefore, most visited cities of the country. Of course, a day in Pisa is not enough to explore every nook and corner of it, but it suffices if you’re looking to visit the following major sites:  A DAY IN PISA […]

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What to See Inside the Pisa Cathedral (Italy).

Italy: What to See Inside the Pisa Cathedral

The Pisa Cathedral marks the zenith of the architectural power of Pisa at the time of its creation by having bits from the Islamic, Byzantine, Lombard-Emilian, and classical architecture. Lying peacefully in the Piazza dei Miracoli (Miracle Square), it gleams in multi-colors, courtesy of the different types of marbles that it is adorned with, especially […]

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Italy: Why You Should Visit the Baptistry of Pisa

The Baptistery of Pisa – Where Galileo Was Baptized

Located in the Piazza dei Miracoli (Miracle Square), on the west coast of Italy, the Baptistery of Pisa forms one of the four buildings. In fact, it comes second in the chronological order, neighboring the Duomo di Pisa, the cathedral, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It is an ecclesiastical building, and throughout history, it […]

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These Splendid Mosaics at Basilica Sant'Apollinare Nuovo Will Take Breath Away (Ravenna, Italy).

Ravenna: These Splendid Mosaics at Basilica Sant Apollinare Nuovo Will Take Your Breath Away

You can’t visit Ravenna without looking up and down the splendid mosaics at Basilica Sant Apollinare Nuovo. They covered the walls of the whole basilica. It’s really an impressive work of religious art that’s been there since the 6th century. These series of mosaic are a testament to the contact between the Catholics and the […]

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San Giorgio Maggiorre Church From Afar (Venice, Italy).

Venice: Admiring San Giorgio Maggiore Church From Afar

A friend had suggested to visit San Giorgio Maggiore Church because the incredible view from its tower is much better than the one atop the San Marco Campanile. Well, that’s his point of view – and I can’t agree to that because I never had the time to visit it. All I could do was […]

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Basilica Santa Maria della Salute - Where 12 Titian Paintings Hang Inside (Venice, Italy).

Basilica Santa Maria della Salute – Where 12 Titian Paintings Hang Inside

Standing at the mouth of the Grand Canal, Basilica Santa Maria della Salute ‘s imposing Baroque structure looks like it guards the beautiful city of Venice. Its impressive dome was put in by the survivors of the plague. For their salvation, the city built the church as a dedication to Our Lady of Health/Deliverance (Salute). […]

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