As you can see, the building is a huge one and there was another level. To go up one level, instead of climbing a staircase, we had to climb up an escalated flat floor, this first of its kind I have ever encountered. Even going down was similar, there was no staircase so we just walked down a steep flat floor.
On the higher level, visitors could see the remnants of the original church where there were pictures of religious figures on the walls which have been conserved.
After reading the history of Aya Sofia, the building has undergone many stages of conservation and renovation and it is still here for the present generation to see. Make sure you go into the museum when you go to Istanbul. It is worth the 25 lira that you have to pay for the entrance fee.
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