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My trip to Istanbul was a short adventure during a layover on my way to Nairobi. Turkish Airlines made the flight comfortable with good food, amenities, and even in-flight WiFi. To pack some sightseeing into my limited time, I booked a fantastic $25 guided tour.

The star of the tour was the Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with an incredible history. It’s been a church, a mosque, and is now a mosque again! This unique history means the building has a fascinating mix of Christian and Islamic artwork. The guide explained everything and even pointed out some Christian mosaics that are still visible. It was an amazing way to experience such a historic place, even with a short layover.

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I flew on Turkish Airlines from Marrakech, Morocco to Istanbul, Turkey.

I found the food at the Marrakech airport to be good. The boarding process for the flight was chaotic, but I had paid extra to sit in an exit row seat with extra legroom, so I was comfortable.

I enjoyed the amenity kit, the meal service, and the in-flight WiFi on the flight.

When I arrived in Istanbul, I had an overnight layover before continuing onward to Nairobi, Kenya.

I booked a guided tour for $25 to make the most of my short layover in Istanbul. The Hagia Sophia is a UNESCO World Heritage site that was once a church, then a mosque, and is now a mosque again. Because of this, the building contains both Christian and Islamic artwork. The tour guide explained the history of the building and pointed out the different mosaics and geometric designs. 

One interesting fact I learned is that some of the Christian mosaics are covered up, but not all. Overall, visiting the Hagia Sophia was a great way to experience a unique and historic building during my layover.