February 12, 2020 Wednesday (18.45 – 20.30)
Throughout Byzantine and Ottoman history, the Hagia Sophia has always been the Imperial Church or the Imperial Mosque. Emperors were crowned, victories were celebrated and Ottoman sultans prayed in this remarkable monument. For many centuries the Hagia Sophia was possibly the largest shrine in the world.
How many other 1500-year-old buildings could you think of with the roof still on top? Ayasofya is one of the most important monuments in the world. Its importance can been seen in many different aspects; historical, architectural, religious, legendary and cultural.
Şerif Yenen will draw attention and give his commentary about Ayasofya from all these aspects. He will also tell you the most intriguing stories or legends of Ayasofya. During this special visit, the Ayasofya will be open just for you. There will be no other groups.
If you have your own group and this date does not work for you, we can organise this special tour only for you at any suitable date you prefer.
Who is Şerif Yenen?
Şerif Yenen (born 17 May 1963) is a Turkish travel specialist, travel writer, tourist guide and travel film-maker. He gives Anatolian Civilisations and Cultural Heritage lessons as a part-time instructor at the Boğaziçi and Bilgi Universities. He wrote “Turkish Odyssey” in English, the “first guidebook of Turkey ever written by a Turk”. He is the producer, director and writer of Istanbul Unveiled, an awards-winning travel documentary with eight international awards.
Yenen gives lectures in the US and Turkey about travel in Turkey, Turkish history and culture. The majority of his lectures are in academic communities. His guidebooks are used as textbooks or are on suggested reading lists at various universities, and his articles and columns are published in international magazines and national newspapers.
You can read more about him at Wikipedia. (https://en.wikipedia.org/
You can see Şerif Yenen's travel services in English: (www.serifyenen.com)
You can see Şerif Yenen's travel services in Turkish: (www.serifyenen.com.tr)
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