Istanbul still has my heart

I remember learning about the Hagia Sophia in Art History.

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And I use the term “learning” lightly.

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Because I really don’t remember anything I was taught about it.

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But I do remember looking at a photo of Istanbul’s skyline with the domes of its roof jutting out.

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And I remember thinking how incredible it would be to see a city with such  a remarkable history. 

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Such ornate beauty.

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It feels nice to scratch something off my bucket list.

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5 Comments

  • Reply quelle July 21, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    i only remember a bit from art history as well, but i knew right away that i just have to see this in person. <3

  • Reply Gerri Ward July 21, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Wow! I also studied it in Art History and as of yet I haven’t made it to Istanbul but now I’m inspired even more to make the trip!- Thank you

  • Reply Liv July 22, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    How beautiful and inspiring. it’s amazing to be surrounded by that kind of history.

    I’m so interested in art history – want to take some classes or something on it in the future.

  • Reply Kelsey July 23, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Quelle and Gerri — isn’t it interesting what makes an impression on you? I remember getting chills when I saw Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa in person. And it was all from what I learned in Art History.

    Liv — you should just wait until you retire and then go back to school and be one of those mature students who sits in the front row and raises your hand to ask a question every two minutes :)

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