I am having a hard time getting clear answers online as to what is open and what is visible in Istanbul. I am about to leave on a vacation that includes Turkey, but am thinking I need to eliminate Istanbul.
Hagia Sophia - Istanbul
Are all the art and tombs in the floor covered by a green carpet now?
Have Christian images and human faces been covered during non-prayer visitor times?
Is access to the upstairs no longer available? If available, is most of the stuff up there covered or restricted?
Is much of the inside and/or outside covered with scaffolding and under renovation?
Can anybody confirm that this is now closed. I just saw this mentioned for the first time and wanted to confirm. I would have
been visiting this on roughly June 13.
The tiles on the inside are completely covered with scaffolding and you really can't see anything, correct?
The outside is scaffolded as well?
Chora Church is now completely closed and is being converted into a mosque?
Many thanks in advance.