Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey was the largest church in the world for 1,000 years.  Now a museum, it still inspires the master artisan jewelers of GrandBazaarJewelers.com

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey was the largest church in the world for 1,000 years. Now a museum, it still inspires the master artisan jewelers of GrandBazaarJewelers.com

 

For a thousand years, the Hagia Sophia , now a museum located in GrandBazaarJewelers.com’s neighborhood, was the largest church in the world and considered a masterpiece of architecture still today.    The Hagia Sophia is an indispensable landmark and  part of Istanbul’s iconic skyline, but there are many more that are hidden behind various walls and down small side streets throughout the old historical neighborhoods of the city.  Many people of all denominations seek solace from the hustle of the busy streets and light candles for their special intentions and prayers.  

Armenian churches like this one in Istanbul in its Kadikoy district are still active in Turkey today, hidden behind walls, a beautiful, ornate, and peaceful oasis in the city.

Armenian churches like this one in Istanbul in its Kadikoy district are still active in Turkey today, hidden behind walls, a beautiful, ornate, and peaceful oasis in the city.

While there are approximately 120,000 Christians of various denominations in modern day Turkey, including Armenians, Greeks, and Syrians, there were millions less than 100 years ago.    The industry where you will still find Armenians dominate in is jewelry.  The majority of the masters of jewelry made in Turkey today are Armenian.

A small selection of GrandBazaarJewelers.com's Christian religious jewelry from Istanbul, Turkey.

A small selection of GrandBazaarJewelers.com’s Christian religious jewelry from Istanbul, Turkey.

GrandBazaarJewelers.com offers a variety of various precious metal crosses and religious symbolic jewelry made in this ancient city steeped in the roots of Christianity.  

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Maureen Gumus is a writer, editor, jewelry enthusiast, and world traveler.Originally from the U.S., Maureen is proud to call Istanbul her home - one that she shares with her master jeweler husband, Nurhan, and their cat, Mink.

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