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This picture was taken on a bridge in Prauge, in the Czech Republic. The bridge is sort of on the way to Prague Castle, there are a lot of bridges that can take you to the side of the river where the castle district is, but this bridge is the most decorated. The bridge was adorned with lots of beautiful statues, like this one, and the walk over the bridge is beautiful. The statues are awesome, there are lots of vendors selling jewelry, art, and other trinkets. There are also some bands playing music, and all this together gives the bridge a really nice vibe. However, it does tend to get crowded because of this, so go early in the day to beat the crowds.

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This is a compilation of photos of the beautiful Chora Church (if you’re trying to find it Lonely Planet lists this as its address: Kariye Camii Sokak Edirnekapı) in Istanbul, Turkey. The church is decorated all over with beautiful and intricate mosaics that depict the lives of Mary and Jesus. The church was a little hard for us to find, we took a taxi and we tried multiple times with different drivers, but many didn’t know where we were talking about (which is why I included the address) HOWEVER, it is an incredible little church with fantastic mosaics, and some paintings as well, both of which are fairly well preserved. I recommend a visit to this church, it is definitely one of the more hidden treasures that Istanbul has to offer.

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This is a close up of a painting in a beautiful little church on the European side of Istanbul, in Turkey. The church also had an amazing amount of beautiful mosaics, most of which were incredibly well preserved. This painting struck me particularly, because it looks like the area surrounding the eyes may have been removed deliberately for some reason. This church is called Chora Church, and this little hidden gem is absolutely worth a visit, another one of Istanbul’s beautifully artistic pieces of architecture. More pictures of the Mosaics will follow 🙂

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These two pictures are close ups of a painting done by Salvador Dali. This painting, along with the paintings of a ton of other artists, hangs in the Vatican Museum. The Vatican Museum, as i’ve said in an earlier post, is both amazing, and incredibly expansive. There isn’t really a good way to see everything in one day, so it’s best to just prioritize. The egyptian wing is incredible, i’m ( as previously mentioned) very fond of archaeology, so my focus was to see the archaeological aspects that are housed in the museum. The best thing to do is get there EARLY and look at the map they give you with your ticket.

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Hagia Sophia

This photo was taken in the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey. The Hagia Sophia was the largest unsupported dome for 1,000 years. This landmark is truly an architectural masterpiece, beautiful inside and out. This famed sight is conveniently located just across the way from another of Istanbul’s famous landmarks; the Blue Mosque. Both of these are amazing places and ABSOLUTELY worth visiting. The square that lays between these two is home to a couple of nice lawns and benches to sit on while enjoying the view, there are also plenty of little food trollies around selling pretzels, corn, lollipops, and other snack foods.

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A photo of a nun walking past a white building in Antigua, Guatemala

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A man sitting in church in the Gothic District of Barcelona, Spain

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