Hagia Sophia – Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia is the most important Byzantine structure and one of the world’s great monuments. This incredible structure has been a church for 916 years, a mosque for 482 years and now a museum for for over 82 years!

+ AcademyScy | California Academy of Sciences  -  San Francisco, Ca

California Academy of Sciences – San Francisco, Ca

The California Museum of Sciences is a magnificent structure, by Architect Renzo Piano, that houses the Kimball Natural History Museum, Steinhart aquarium, the Morrison planetarium AND a tropical forest habitat! The reptile collection is worth coming alone – even if just for Claude the albino alligator!

+ Museo de Antropologia 086 Chac Mool | Museo Nacional de Antropologia  -  CDMX

Museo Nacional de Antropologia – CDMX

Mexico City’s Museo Nacional de Antropología is a wonderful achievement of modern architecture to house some of the most significant achievements of Mexican culture and heritage. World class and a must see for any visitor to Mexico DF !

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Istanbul Mosaic Museum – Istnbul, Turkey

A small side stop next to the Arasta Bazaar is the Great Palace Mosaic Museum Museum. There, restored and displayed, are a myriad of Byzantine mosaics that used to decorate the pavement of a peristyle courtyard circa (r. 527-565). Quite interesting in terms of style and complexity.