The Hagia Sophia grand interior. Built by the Byzantine emperor Justinian in the 5th century as an Eastern Orthodox Basilica in what was then Constantinople and converted into a mosque when invaded by the Turks. Now converted into a world famous museum. Note the restored angels and many mosaic Christian art alongside Islamic symbols.
Cefalu Cathedral, Sicily. The walls are covered in golden mosaics which reflect the light as it streams in. The atmosphere inside is otherworldly.
Golden domes of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria.
The cathedral was named after Alexander Nevski, a Russian Tsar who saved Russia from invading Swedish troops in 1240.
The cathedral was built in the Neo Byzantine style between 1904 and 1912 in memory of the 200,000 Russian, Ukrainian, Belorussian and Bulgarian soldiers, who died in the Russo-Turkish War, 1877–1878. It is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world.
The spectacular external golden domes are covered in gold leaf, donated by Russia in 1960 and have recently been regilded.
Dome of the Rock, the iconic monument of Jerusalem, is a shrine located on the Temple Mount in the Old City . It was initially completed in 691 CE at the order of Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik. The Dome of the Rock is now one of the oldest works of Islamic architecture.
This beautiful Greek Orthodox church can be found in the middle of Los Angeles. It’s a gilded masterpiece, my friends! Absolutely stunning. My mind blew a little bit.
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