Part of our trip was talking about the different canonical councils, including the famous/infamous Nicaea Council! We visited the site where they would have debated the books of scripture, which was a pretty neat site, considering how much influence the council had on each of our lives as Christians.
|At Nicaea. It was soooo cold.|
|Janae and I at the gymnasium at Sardis, where men used to wrestle.|
|Not feeling up to wrestling, I did the most gymnasium appropriate thing I could think of- cartwheels! After doing like ten or so I was able to compile some good shots, thanks to Sarah's super camera skills.|
Then we went to the HAGGIA SOPHIA!!! Only one of the most beautiful buildings ever built. It started out as a gorgeous church and was then converted into a mosque. It now functions as a sweet tourist attraction. I've heard about the Haggia Sophia for a long time, and last semester in Art History we learned a lot about it. So actually getting to see it was quite fulfilling.
|Haggia Sophia collage!!! So pretty......|
We spent our final hours in Istanbul at a fish restaurant... which would have been great, if I was a fan of fish. (and yes mom, I did try it. But it was super fishy. :) Thus, I ate a dinner consisting of soup and probably 15 pieces of french bread. Very good french bread. The restaurant itself was impressive, complete with pillow seats along the wall! Sarah and I fought our way in to get prime pillow seats. Others, like Becca and Jason, weren't as lucky.
|This picture demonstrates a univesal truth: Pillow seats = wealth and wine glasses, regular chairs = poverty, water, and bread. Pillow seats FTW.|
|Regardless of having pillow seats or not, we were all still served these delicious appetizers: green olives wrapped in fish. ...errr, yum.|