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Turkey’s other Hagia Sophia – in Trabzon

Once a church – and a hospital and a museum – it is now a mosque and also one of Turkey’s best-preserved buildings of the late Byzantine era.

Admission is free and there is much here for visitors of all faiths

It may be far smaller and much less famous than its namesake in Istanbul, but what Trabzon’s Hagia Sophia lacks in architectural splendour it makes up for in tranquillity and beauty.

Right by the sea, it is a place of palm trees, birdsong and cool breezes, a welcome respite from Trabzon’s bazaar, busy port and humming Black Sea highway.

Ede 4dIts history reflects Turkey’s past.

Built as a church in the 13th century, then converted to a mosque during the…

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