At the end of May 2002 I had the chance of a short break in Istanbul. This was my first visit to Turkey.
The next day I went on a guided tour of some of the main attractions of the city. The first place we visited was Hagia Sophia, built in AD 537 by the Byzantine Empire and operated as a Christian church until 1453 when it was converted to a mosque. It is now officially a museum. The marble container shown here would have contained lamp oil during the Christian era.