Hagia Sophia Istanbul by @ tendtotravel

Inside Hagia Sophia by TendToTravel

Was one of the first to queue at 9am and spent a couple of hours taking photos, sketching and marveling at this incredible Byzantine church turned mosque turned museum. Drawing Hagia Sophia on location is really daunting. I get incredibly nervous drawing historically important landmark having learned the history. This was my 3rd attempt at drawing the space today! A little info – Hagia Sophia was built in 532 and was the largest cathedral for over 1000 years!

Here’s some tips – make sure to go first thing in the morning before the tour buses arrives and try booking in advance too. Upon entry, head straight to the door to the Main Hall. The best photo opportunity is definitely when no one else is there (yet at least).