Turkey are decorated with elaborate mosaics. Haghia Sophia, “The Church of Holy Wisdom” in Istanbul, one of the world’s greatest architectural achievements, the Church of St. Saviour in Chora, and The Church of Haghia Sophia in Trabzon, situated on the Black Sea, a restored 13th-century Byzantine church that reverted to a mosque in 1577, are just three of the many places throughout Turkey which represent beautiful and intricate mosaics. Many of the mosaics depict Christ, Turkish Emperors and/or scenes from the Old Testament of the Bible.

These mosaics were made using thousands of small, individually colored titles, arranged sideby-side on the walls and ceilings to create intricate designs and pictures. Up close, they look like an arbitrary arrangement of small colored squares, but as you move away, the tiles of these huge displays blend together to create beautiful and very detailed multi-colored pictures. In some mosques, these mosiacs cover entire walls, or, such as in the case of the Church of St. Savior in Chora, cover entire domes and ceilings.

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